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192 Homeless People In Delhi Died During June 11-19 Heatwave: Report

In Noida, more than 14 people died in the last 24 hours due to suspected heatstroke, as reported by the health department.
11:27 AM Jun 20, 2024 IST | Aniket Raj
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Delhi Heatwave

According to a report by the NGO Centre for Holistic Development, the recent heatwave in Delhi resulted in the deaths of 192 homeless people between June 11 and June 19. This marks the highest number of deaths recorded during this period.

Five individuals have died in Delhi in the last 72 hours as the national capital continues to endure a severe heatwave. The victims succumbed to heatstroke at three different hospitals.

In Noida, more than 14 people have died in the last 24 hours due to suspected heatstroke, according to the health department.

Sunil Kumar Aledia, the executive director of the NGO, expressed concern, saying, "From June 11 to 19, Delhi saw the death of 192 homeless people due to extreme heatwave conditions. This shocking statistic underscores the urgent need for proactive measures to protect one of society’s most vulnerable groups."

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A study conducted by the NGO revealed that homeless individuals make up 80 percent of the unclaimed bodies of those who die due to heatwaves.

Aledia pointed out that factors such as air pollution, rapid industrialisation, urbanisation, and deforestation have led to increased temperatures, exacerbating conditions for the homeless.

Access to clean drinking water, crucial for hydration, continues to be a significant challenge, thereby increasing the risk of dehydration and associated health complications.

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