Gates of Hell, 2 more Heatwaves are on way in June

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Hyderabad: 24 May 2024: The ongoing extreme heat gripping almost 26 districts of the country is expected to continue until May 30, according to the Prime Minister's climate change aide. The ministry attributed the harsh weather to unsustainable environmental practices and deforestation, which have exacerbated the risk of forest fires and accelerated glacier melting.

At a press conference with officials from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the Prime Minister's climate change coordinator, Romina Khurshid Alam, urged government departments to mobilize resources to protect citizens, especially vulnerable groups like children and the elderly. Alam cited data from the Pakistan Meteorological Department, indicating temperatures 5 to 6 degrees Celsius above normal in most regions.

She warned of three separate heatwaves expected throughout the summer, with the current wave lasting until May 30 and subsequent waves in early and late June. Highlighting the severity of the situation, Alam stressed the impact of high atmospheric pressure on socio-economic activities and emphasized the importance of early warnings to prevent casualties, similar to those seen during the deadly 2015 heatwave. She emphasized the human-caused nature of heatwaves, worsened by deforestation and unsustainable environmental practices, and called for public awareness campaigns to educate people on health risks and preventive measures.

Alam urged the public to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities, especially vulnerable groups, and highlighted NDMA's efforts in providing early warnings and coordinating with provincial departments to manage natural disasters.

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