26 April 2019
Bhubaneswar: With Bhubaneswar recording a temperature of 38.2 degree Celsius on Friday, OMMCOM NEWS reached out to city denizens to know how it is affecting them and what measures they are adopting to combat heatwave.
"After coming out for any work in the morning we are eager to rush indoors as soon as possible because of the heat. Even hands are getting sun-tanned at 10 AM," said a city resident Jayanta Kumar.
He suggested wearing full-sleeves shirt, wearing cap or a helmet while driving, carrying water bottles and ORS packets which may be of help to others also.
Similarly an employee of a software company in Bhubaneswar identified as Manoranjan Maharana said it is difficult to come out of the house in between 9 AM and 4 PM due to the heat. He always carries a water bottle, goggles and towel with him and consumes water-melon or cold drinks to combat heatwave.
Another private firm employee, Santosh Kumar Das, said earlier the heat was tolerable but now no one is interested to venture outdoors. He also suggested of carrying water bottle while coming out in the sun and take regular rest under tree shade to avoid sun stroke.
The heat has become intolerable as there is limited amount of rainfall in Bhubaneswar, said another city resident Sishir Kumar Das and said of carrying water, different beverages and curd along with towel and umbrella to counter the heat.
A working lady Binapani Barik also shared her summer woes and said she is also carrying water bottle and umbrella with her to avoid sun stroke.
Likewise, a retired government employee, RK Sahoo, said it is because of the cutting of trees that the ecological balance has been disturbed and the heatwave has risen. He, however, said of wearing helmet, light colour clothes and carrying water bottles as precaution.