Thousands of birds fall from the sky as a heatwave hits India

CNN Indonesia

Friday, May 13, 2022, 12:58 p.m. WIB

Illustration. Thousands of birds fall from the sky as heatwave hits India. (CNNIndonesia/Safir Makki)

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

Thousands of birds fell from the sky as parts of India were blanketed Heat wave with a temperature of more than 46 degrees Celsius.

Animal rights activists in Gujarat say thousands of birds are falling from the sky during a scorching heatwave as Indian schools start classes earlier to beat the midday heat.

Doctors at a veterinary clinic in Ahmedabad city were seen feeding dozens of birds and giving them multivitamin tablets on Wednesday (November 5). Some birds have water injected into their mouths due to dehydration.

“This year is one of the worst in recent memory. We have seen a 10 percent increase in the number of birds needing rescue,” said Manoj Bhaskar, a rescue official.

India has experienced a series of record-breaking heatwaves this year. Experts in India link the heatwave phenomenon to the effects of climate change, quoted from telegraph.

According to the India Meteorological Department, March was the hottest on record. Northwest and central India have also experienced a heat wave since early April.

Several regions in India were hit by hot temperatures, such as New Delhi, which reached 40 degrees Celsius last Thursday and then rose until Sunday.

The government asked schools to start their activities earlier in the morning to avoid the effects of this heatwave.

“The times may apply from 7am. The number of school hours per day can be reduced. Sports and other outdoor activities that expose students to direct sunlight may be adjusted accordingly in the morning,” India’s Ministry of Education said.

Veterinarians administered infusions to not only birds but also cats dehydrated due to the heat wave at the Jivdaya Charitable Trust rehabilitation center in Ahmedabad, India.

Health authorities in Gujarat have advised hospitals to set up special wards for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses due to rising temperatures, it said AlJazeera.


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