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Heatwaves UPSC NOTE


  • North India faces its longest heatwave in 15 years.

  • Over 100 heat-related deaths reported since March (likely under-reported).

Heatwaves a Natural Disasters?

  • National Disaster Management Act (NDMA) defines disasters for state-backed compensation.

  • Heatwaves are not currently included on this list, limiting access to funds.

  • 15th Finance Commission didn't see a need to expand the list.

Heatwave Deaths in India:

  • Reported deaths decreased in recent years (data may be incomplete).

  • Longer heatwaves are becoming more frequent.

  • Accurate death tolls are challenging due to:

    • Difficulty separating heatstroke from pre-existing conditions.

    • Varying definitions of a heatwave.

  • Heat Action Plans (HAPs) are being developed in collaboration with NDMA and IMD.

HAPs aim to:

  • Understand regional heat patterns.

  • Identify vulnerable areas.

  • Create response plans.

Future Considerations:

  • 16th Finance Commission may review requests to include heatwaves in disaster relief.

  • Standardized methods for classifying heatwave deaths are needed.



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Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam: Heatwaves UPSC NOTE
Heatwaves UPSC NOTE
Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam
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