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Karnataka: Kalaburagi faces heatwave, records 44.2 degrees Celsius for two consecutive days

Kalaburagi, Karnataka, is experiencing a severe heatwave with temperatures reaching 44.2 degrees Celsius for the second consecutive day. Residents are urged to stay indoors and use makeshift face coverings for outdoor activities. Despite community efforts to set up water stations, a water crisis persists due to dwindling levels in Sharanbasaveshwar Lake, impacting over 15 neighborhoods.

Karnataka: Kalaburagi faces heatwave, records 44.2 degrees Celsius for two consecutive days vkp
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First Published Apr 5, 2024, 9:10 AM IST

Kalaburagi, Karnataka, is grappling with scorching temperatures as the mercury soared to 44.2 degrees Celsius, marking the second consecutive day of extreme heat. Residents are urged to stay indoors, with makeshift face coverings necessary for any outdoor activity due to the relentless heat. 

Amid the sweltering conditions, acts of compassion have emerged, with locals setting up water stations for humans and cattle alike along major thoroughfares and public areas. However, the heatwave has triggered a water crisis, exacerbated by dwindling levels in the Sharanbasaveshwar Lake, impacting over 15 neighbourhoods.

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The relentless heatwave in Kalaburagi has forced residents to take precautionary measures, including staying indoors and covering their faces while venturing out. With temperatures reaching a scorching 44.2 degrees Celsius, Wednesday marked the city's second consecutive day of extreme heat.

Community members have come together to provide relief efforts in response to the challenging conditions. Water stations have been set up across the city, offering hydration to humans and animals. Despite these efforts, a water crisis looms large, exacerbated by declining levels in the Sharanbasaveshwar lake, affecting more than 15 neighbourhoods.

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To alleviate the impact of the heatwave on vulnerable populations, the government has announced a 30% discount on the work allocated to labourers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme. This discount will be applicable in April and May, reducing to 20% in June. However, exemptions have been made for certain groups, including senior citizens, pregnant women, and individuals with disabilities.

Additionally, measures have been implemented to ensure the well-being of animals, including police dogs. The district police have provided shoes and air-cooled rooms for their canine companions, named Rita, Jimmy, Rocky, and Rani, to shield them from the scorching sun. The dogs are also provided with millet and water to keep them hydrated and nourished.

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