As per media reports, heat-wave deaths in India have increased by 296% over the last 23 years with more than 150 civilians already reported dead this year. It is also being said that for the first time in its 140 year old history, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued temperature advisories for heat waves from April to June. The advisories include early warnings similar to the kind that were, until now, issued only for heavy rains and cyclones!
Recent observations by the Delhi High Court, based in New Delhi, India, in regard to Delhi’s deterioration into a "gas chamber" highlights the plight of citizens in the wake of rising hazardous levels of pollution and environmental degradation. It was only last year that the World Health Organization named Delhi the world's most polluted city in a study of 1,600 cities.