The intense summer heat prevailing in the city has wreaked havoc over the Guwahatians.
On the other hand, Udalguri on Friday broke the all-time record of hot weather up to 41 degree Celsius. Even in the rural areas, the farmers preferred to remain indoors due to the soaring temperature.
Seeking respite from the heat wave, people across the state were seen standing under the trees and sheds on the pavements during the afterhours. The sale of sugarcane juice, iced-water andice-creams have gone up in the last three days.
Borjhar-based Regional Meteorology Centre attributed the rising temperature to the slowing down of the Earth surface’s process of nocturnal release of the excess day temperature.
On Friday, Guwahati recorded a maximum day temperature of 38 degree Celsius. The minimum night temperature recorded in the city on Friday was 27.2 degree Celsius.
Silchar recorded a day temperature of 38.4 degrees Celsius and a night temperature of 26.2 degree Celsius.
Pasighat recorded a day temperature of 38.4 degree Celsius. Shillong recorded a day temperature of 29.1 degrees Celsius, while Agartala recorded a day temperature of 36.5 degree Celsius. Imphal recorded a day temperature of 30.9 degrees Celsius.
Across the state, two persons died while 21 students fainted in the past two days to the sweltering heat. 21 first-year girl students of Mariam Ajmal College in Hojai, fainted in English lecture on Friday due to dehydration.
Bhadra Singh Narzary, a soldier of 8th Assam Police Battalion, died of heat stroke in Kokrajhar on Friday. On Thursday evening, an unidentified senior citizen died of heat stroke at Nabheti village in Morigaon. Assam policeman Lal Mahan Barman, who reportedly suffered a heat stroke is kept under medical observation in Kokrajhar on Friday.
Health department officials advised the people to increase the intake of water, fruits and curd to beat the heat.
The peak hour demand of power in the last three days has risen to 265 MW. Frequent load-shedding has been reported from across the state. State power Minister Topon Gogoi on Friday said that Assam requires about 1850 megawatts of power but it only generates 250 megawatts of power at present whereas the remaining power is borrowed/ outsourced from open power market. Gogoi said that even after purchasing, the state falls short of 300-400 megawatts of power.