In the western state Gujarat – where the temperature has hovered above 40C for weeks now and is set to touch 46C in several pockets – rescuers are coming across birds that have fallen from the sky.
The heat and its effectsSo far, animals have been neglected while people suffering from heatstrokes or dehydration are being treated at hospitals. In fact, separate wards for heatwave conditions are being set-up in several parts of the state.
Conditions have deteriorated significantly for animals because this year’s heat is “one of the worst in recent times,” according to rescuers working in an animal hospital managed by nonprofit Jivdaya Charitable Trust in Gujarat.
“We have seen a 10 per cent increase in the number of birds that need rescuing,” Manoj Bhavsar, who works closely with the trust and has been rescuing birds for more than a decade, told the Reuters news agency.
Activists have been rescuing these birds and taking them to the trust hospital to provide immediate care. This includes injecting water into their mouths using needles and feeding them multi-vitamin tablets.
Extreme heat spells, or heatwaves in India, began earlier than expected. Pakistanthis year, with the first spell being recorded as early as March.
Heatwaves in the Subcontinent are typically reported in May or, in rare cases, April.
There are many reasons why heatwaves have become stronger and more prolonged. This extreme weather event is caused by a fundamental causeThe Climate crisis.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said two of its weather stations in the capital’s Mungeshpur and Najafgarh areas recorded temperatures at 49.2C and 49.1C respectively in recent days.
Additional reporting by agencies