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On High Flame

As world weather hots up, so does the polemics about it

On High Flame
On High Flame
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IF spring's here, can summer be far behind? For much of the country this year, the usually gentle and mild months of March and April were harsh and hot, with the mercury hovering 5 to 6 degrees above normal, even hitting 40 degrees in early March in some parts. That begs the question: will this summer be a repeat of last year's, which claimed about 1,350 lives?

Quite likely. All of northern India is already in the grip of a heat wave, with temperatures soaring to levels usually reached over a fortnight later. For instance, Orissa, where the toll in last year's heat wave was 650 lives, is already sizzling at over 40 degrees. Meteorologists predict that coastal towns and villages could be worst hit, with temperatures crossing the 50-degree mark. Six people have succumbed to the heat in the introductory assault itself, and the state government isn't taking any chances this time. Buses may have to idle while the sun is at its peak; siestas may become the order of the day; people have been advised to drink lots of water; and hospitals ordered...

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