Impact of heatwaves in India

As temperature rises—it has already hit 50 degrees celsius in several parts of the country—electricity outages have affected more than half of the 28 Indian states. Three in five households have been affected over the past month.

The nation’s coal-dependent energy system will suffer further in the coming weeks as power demand is expected to top record levels.

It has already hit a record 207.1 gigawatts in April and is expected to rise to 220 gigawatts in May and June, according to India’s power ministry.

In the country’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, there has been a 3,000-megawatt power deficit against the demand of around 23,000 megawatts, the survey showed.

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