Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Modi takes stock of preparedne­ss as India stares at searing summer

- HT Correspond­ent

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed the preparedne­ss for heat wave conditions and called for all arms of government to work in synergy.

According to an official release, the PM stressed upon creating awareness along with adequate preparatio­n in hospitals.

“Prime Minister was briefed about the temperatur­e outlook for the period from April to June 2024 including the forecasts for the upcoming hot weather season (April to June), the likelihood of above normal maximum temperatur­es over most parts of the country, especially with high probabilit­y over Central India and western peninsular India,” the release said. Most of India is in for a searing summer between April and June, the India Meteorolog­ical Department (IMD) said earlier this month, warning of “extreme heat” and more than double the number of heatwave days than is seen usually at this time of the year.

Preparedne­ss in the health sector was reviewed in terms of availabili­ty of essential medicines, intravenou­s fluids, ice packs, ORS and drinking water, the statement said.

The timely disseminat­ion of essential informatio­n, education and communicat­ion (IEC) awareness material, especially in regional languages, through all platforms such as television, radio and social media was stressed upon at the meeting, it said.

“Since a hotter than normal summer is expected in 2024, which coincides with the general elections, it was felt that the advisories issued by the health ministry and NDMA be translated into regional languages and disseminat­ed widely,” it said.

 ?? PTI ?? PM Narendra Modi at a review meet on Thursday.
PTI PM Narendra Modi at a review meet on Thursday.

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