Telangana tries to damp heatwave effect
By T.S.S. Siddharth
As the temperature continues to rise across the state, the TS Development Planning Society (TSDPS) on Monday unveiled the heatwave action plan for the season.
This plan details guidelines on the steps to be taken by the state and district administrations for minimising the impact of heatwaves. Its primary objective is to ensure that there are no fatalities among sections of the population which are most at risk during a heatwave, and reduce heat-related illnesses.
Weather data would be collected from the 1,044 automated weather stations (AWS) of the TSDPS located across the state on an hourly basis to make possible real-time analysis and a three-day forecast of heatwaves.
“Vulnerable populations may be in more precarious social and economic conditions due to Covid-19, including from lost wages, increased isolation, and strains or gaps in social networks. This can increase vulnerability to heat risk by limiting healthcare access, transport options, food security and utility access,” the document said.