The Met Department isn't declaring a heatwave yet but unconfirmed reports say 28 people have died in the state Unofficial reports say 28 people have died of a heatwave in Orissa this April while the government has confirmed four deaths due to sunstroke. The numbers may be contested but it is clear that the heat is creating havoc. While a heatwave is declared when the temperature is five degrees above normal, the state Met department's advisory declared a "heatwave' only on one day this month.

Dry Winds From Rajasthan Making Temperature Rise TIMES NEWS NETWORK New Delhi: The season of sweltering heat has begun. For the first time this year, temperatures touched the 40-degree mark with the maximum temperature on Tuesday recorded at 40.2 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal. The minimum was 23.9 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal.

Don't think no record was broken at the Eden dust bowl while you were baking in the stands yesterday: the Calcutta temperature breached a decade-old barrier. When the mercury bubbled up to 39.6

Climate change could take malaria and other diseases to Britain and trigger more frequent heatwaves that will have huge health impacts, British doctors said. With the exception of Lyme disease, insect-borne diseases are largely unknown in Britain. But global warming could change that in a few decades, according to a report from the British Medical Association (BMA).

Climate change will affect the health of urban populations. It represents a range of environmental hazards and will affect populations where the current burden of climate-sensitive disease is high

For over a decade, Orissa has been teetering from one extreme weather condition to another: from heatwaves to cyclones, drought to floods. The state has been declared
disaster-affected for 95 of the last 105 years. Why is this happening? Is it the result of global warming and climate change? Richard Mahapatra, who has been awarded the

Massive forest fires

Predicted impacts on human health due to climate change include increases in temperature related illnesses, vector borne diseases, health impacts related to extreme weather events, and health effects due to food insecurity. These changes will require more emphasis to be placed on planning for health facilities, as well as increased capacity of the medical community to cope with these changes.

India being mainly an agricultural country the economy and further its growth purely depends on the vagaries of the weather and in particular the extreme weather events. The information on extreme weather events lie scattered in the scientific and technical papers and in the research work of many authors and if put together will help the research community for further analysis.

The authors in this paper present a factual and a brief review of the extreme weather events that occurred in India during the last 100 years (1991-2004). The socio-economic impacts of the extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, cyclones, hail storm, thunderstorm, heat and cold waves have been increasing due to large growth of population and its migration towards urban