After sunstroke deaths, outdoor events banned between 12 pm-5 pm in Maharashtra

Industry Watch | April 19, 2023 | News

Maharashtra Government

The Eknath Shinde government in Maharashtra, which has come under pressure after 13 people died in a heatwave-related event in Navi Mumbai, has banned outdoor events between 12 pm and 5 pm. The prohibition will be in effect until the heatwave situation in the state returns to normal. 

The Maharashtra government held an event in Navi Mumbai on Sunday to deliver the Maharashtra Bhushan Award to social activist Dattatreya Narayan alias Appasaheb Dharmadhikari. The event, which took place between 11.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in an open ground in the Kharghar area of Raigad district, was reportedly attended by 8-10 lakh people..

On the said day, the nearest weather station to the event site recorded a maximum temperature of 38 degrees Celsius. People who stood directly under the sun reported heat-related ailments such as dehydration during the event. Sunstroke later claimed the lives of 13 people. Meanwhile, the State government announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to each victim's family.

According to IMD, the maximum temperature in Maharashtra would progressively rise by 1-2°C over the next 24 hours.

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The prohibition will be in effect until the heatwave situation in the state returns to normal.

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