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More could be done to protect people from heatwave in India, say campaigners

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 04 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3047
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

Organisations and activists in India have urged the government to take firm action to protect people from the heatwave currently sweeping the country, which has claimed the lives of more than 2500 people since mid-April.

Doctors, health assistants, and social workers have taken to the streets, giving out rehydration materials and advising people to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day, when temperatures have soared to around 45°C in some places. The heatwave is the fourth most deadly heatwave reported since 1998; the deadliest heatwave occurred in 2010 …

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