‘Orange alert’ in Gujarat as temperatures rise

first_imgAhmedabad: Gujarat continues to swelter under a heat wave with the mercury crossing 45 degrees Celsius at many places on Friday. Kandla in Kutch was the hottest with 45.4 degrees Celcius. As many as eight cities recorded temperatures above 43 degrees Celsius, a rise of almost three to five degrees as compared to the figures of the corresponding period in the last two years. “There is no relief in sight till April 19,” a senior State government official said. As per the meteorological department, mercury will be above 43 degrees Celsius in parts of the State for the next few days.The disaster management authority of the State, and civic bodies in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, and Vadodara, have issued an “orange alert”, asking citizens to stay indoors during 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and remain hydrated. Authorities at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation predict that temperatures may soar to 44 degrees Celsius on Saturday.A government official said, “We have asked district administrations to issue alert in their respective districts. The administrations have also set up drinking water dispensing outlets at many places.”last_img