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Hell on Earth: India hits 122°F during COVID-19. Locust swarms. Flooding.

PHOTO: India is suffering an extreme heatwave and COVID19 at the same time. (REUTERS)

PortandTerminal.com, May 27, 2020

India’s 1.3 billion people are suffering on a biblical scale with the pandemic, extreme heat, flooding and even swarms of locusts striking parts of the country at the same time.

DELHI, INDIA – India is burning. Churu in Rajasthan state recorded a temperature of 122°F – India’s highest on Tuesday.

The Indian capital, Delhi, saw temperatures rise to 118°F on Tuesday, as most of north India faced severe heatwave conditions. Delhi, which is home to approximately 19 million people, and the rest of the country has been in a state of semi-lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Misery on a biblical scale

swarms of locusts
FILE PHOTO: To add to its misery, India has been plagued with swarms of locusts which are devouring its crops. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

India is suffering on a biblical scale with the pandemic, extreme heat, flooding and even swarms of locusts striking it at the same time.

Desert locusts have engulfed around 35,000 hectares in India’s seven heartland states, threatening some vegetable and pulse crops, government officials and farm experts said.

To avoid heatstroke, officials have warned people to stay indoors as far as possible. Being inside though gives little relief – only about 5% of Indian households have air conditioning.

Jabalpur: A railway employee refills water bottles of migrants sitting in a train to reach their native places, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Jabalpur. (PTI Photo)
A railway employee refills water bottles of sweltering migrants sitting in a train to reach their native places, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. (PTI Photo)

The heatwave is projected to scorch northern India for several more days, the Meteorological Department said late Tuesday, “with severe heatwave conditions in isolated pockets”.

Adding to the misery, last week parts of India near the Bay of Bengal were hammered by Super Cyclone Amphan which caused extensive damage and flooding along coastal areas.

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