Hot wind engulfs Malwa-Nimad, kills fishes in Khargone

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: May 20, 2016 15:41 IST
Women cover their faces to get respite from heat in Indore on Thursday. (Shankar Mourya/ HT photo)

Malwa-Nimad region in MP continued to reel under hot winds for the second consecutive day on Thursday with maximum temperature hovering around 45 degrees Celsius.

Shajapur recorded the highest temperature at 46.8 degrees Celsius, followed by Khargone and Burhanpur reaching the 46.3-degree mark. With rising temperatures and corresponding reduction of oxygen level in water of Narmada, many fishes died of asphyxiation and their bodies washed up on the river’s banks at Barwah in Khargone district. It was 45.6 degrees Celsius in Dhar.

Meteorological department said similar weather conditions will continue in the next 48 hours as there is no strong weather system to lower temperatures in the region. “Moreover, cyclone Roanu, which has struck Indian ocean off Tamil Nadu and Odisha coasts, has drawn moisture from winds blowing towards MP. This increased temperatures further,” department regional head Anupam Kashyapi said.

Winds blew from deserts of Rajasthan for most part of the day, reaching the maximum speed of 30 kilometres an hour.

Both Ratlam and Ujjain recorded maximum temperature of 45.5 degrees Celsius. The weather impacted Simhastha mela area in Ujjain where pilgrims returned to their lodgings after taking holy dip early morning. Jhabua and Alirajpur too simmered at 45 degrees Celsius.

In Khandwa, maximum and minimum temperatures were 44.4 degrees and 30 degrees Celsius respectively. Indore’s maximum and minimum temperatures were 44 degrees and 28.2 degrees Celsius respectively. Dewas recorded maximum temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius.

According to local weather bureau, temperatures are likely to drop after two days but there will be no rains.

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