Steps to beat heat

The barren Kumuda hill. Telegraph picture

Balangir: The administration has geared up to tackle issues related to heatwave condition and water woes in Titilagarh as summer sets in.

Titilagarh sub-collector Girish Chandra Singh on Wednesday conducted a meeting where various departments were asked to remain alert to tackle the heatwave that is likely to grip the area in the coming days.

Titilagarh is one of the hottest places in the country where temperature is often recorded close to 50°C during the summer. Temperature in Titilagarh is already hovering around 38 and 39°C this year.

Singh emphasised upon the concerned department to get ready for addressing the incidents such as sun strokes. He said: "People should not expose themselves to the scorching sun to avoid sun strokes. The hospitals in both the urban and rural areas should remain alert with adequate preparations to attend the emergency cases."

He further asked the officials of the Titilagarh Municipality, Kantabanjhi NAC and other to open adequate numbers of free water kiosks in the urban and rural areas of the sub-division. "From April 1, there should be adequate number of free water kiosks in all urban and rural areas to meet the drinking water need of the people," Singh said.

He also asked the engineers of public health engineering organisation and the rural water supply and sanitation department to take care in supplying water to the people. "Water scarcity during summer is a common problem here. The departments must rise to the occasion to meet the expectation of the people," he said.

He also asked Wesco officials to ensure that there were no unwanted power cuts. The town often faces acute water shortage during the summer as water level goes down.

Kumuda Pahad Surakshya Samiti convener Upendra Bag attributed the heat wave and water woes of Titilagarh to the barren granite Kumuda hill of the town.

"The high temperature of Titilagarh is because of the bald Kumuda hill, which absorbs the heat. Earlier, the forest department had taken up a plantation drive. But, it was discontinued midway. There is need to grow forest in the hills near Titilagarh to address the heatwave and also the water woes," Bag said.


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