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How To: Tips for treatment of a person affected by sunstroke
In a few weeks from now, the scorching sun will descend upon us with all its might. Despite all the precautions, people will be affected - dehydration, exhaustion, stress - a sunstroke. Here's how you can help:
·In order to bring down the temperature use wet cloth / pour water on the victim’s head. ·Give the person ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) to drink or lemon water/sarbat/torani/lassi or whatever is useful to rehydrate the body. ·Take the person immediately to the nearest health centre. ·If consistently experiencing high body temperature, throbbing headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea or disorientation in the summer, call 108/ambulance.
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Are you prepared for Heat Wave?
It may not be possible to halt the onslaught of a heat wave but it is very well possible to reduce its effects. Here are some simple and effective ways to keep the heat from getting to you and your family:

Eat light, eat right: Eat freshly home cooked, less on oil food. Add more vegetables and fruits. Stay away from tea, coffee and alcohol. Don’t forget to drink sufficient water and other fluids such as nimbupani, torani, lassi to keep yourself hydrated.
Make a kitchen garden: On the roof or your backyard - to cool down the surroundings besides bringing you home-grown veggies. Try to plant creepers; the exteriors of your walls could breathe a sigh of relief.
Create a vertical garden: They are a visual treat, they bring down pollution and they also bring down the heat levels. Go for as many as you can.
Cross-ventilate: Keep your windows, especially those right opposite another, open during mornings and late evenings when the air is comparativ…
Preparing for Heat Wave 2019
Heat wave is a period of abnormally high temperatures, more than the normal maximum temperature that occurs during the pre-monsoon summer season. The extreme temperatures and resultant atmospheric conditions adversely affect people living in regions reeling under heat wave conditions as they may cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, physiological stress and sometimes even death.

2,040 persons – that’s the number of lives claimed by the heat wave in India in 2015. The number was higher than deaths caused by any other disaster. Cut to 2018 heat wave – the number stands at just 25. That is a decline of more than 98 per cent in three years’ time. It definitely is a success story.
How did it happen? Noticing this severity of killer heat waves, the National Disaster Management Authority formulated and circulated to the States the ‘Guidelines for Preparation of Action Plan – Prevention and Management of Heat-Wave’ in 2016. The Guidelines provided a fr…
IORA Meet on Disaster Risk Management

The Indian Ocean Region is sometimes called the “World’s Hazard Belt” as eight out of ten disasters in the world occur here, making nearly one-third of the world's population vulnerable.
In 2018, Indonesia suffered tsunamis and earthquakes, Madagascar faced severe droughts, India saw floods and landslides in India besides seasonal cyclones in the Islands of the Indian Ocean, and many more calamities. The loss of lives, as well as the damage to property and the natural environment, is incalculable. More so as the IORA is home to small island nation states and developing littoral countries with high population densities, which are hit much harder due to the lack of resources and assets to handle a calamity.
Moreover, the region is also witnessing an increasing link of disasters to climate change with increasing sea levels and rising water temperatures. Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is, therefore, one of its priority areas and its Action Plan (2017…