After two days of heat waves in many parts of the state,the temperatures may dip slightly by at least two degrees over the next two days,the local met department has forecast. However,maximum temperatures would continue to range between 41 to 43 degree Celsius for the next 48 hours,according to Jayanta Sarkar,Regional Director at Indian Meteorological Department,Ahmedabad.
On Thursday,the maximum temperatures in Ahmedabad was recorded a degree less than the previous day at 42.5°C. Gandhinagar and Vadodara dipped to 41°C,while Surat remained stable at 34.5°C . In Saurashtra,Rajkot recorded 42°C maximum temperature. Dwarka remained coolest at 32°C. Kandla,in Kutch,recorded a maximum temperature of 41°C,while maximum temperatures in Bhuj dropped to 39°C. Because of the prevalence of westerly winds,there will be moisture incursion,which will reduce the average temperature, Sarkar said.
Govt offering no relief to gaushalas in drought-hit areas
Accusing the state government of not doing anything to provide relief to people in drought-hit areas,the Congress on Thursday alleged that the BJP government didnt provide water and fodder to cows and other cattle in gaushalas in districts of the state affected by drought. The BJP only used the issue of cow for political gains,it said.
Addressing mediapersons,senior Congress leader and former Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil said a recent resolution of the state government stated that gaushalas located in cities and towns would not be entitled for any assistance under the drought relief programmes. Gohil further said that by imposing conditions like producing rations cards and registration number of cattle to get fodder and other assistance,the state government was only creating hurdles for poor farmers hit by drought.
He further said that despite the Union government sanctioning additional drought relief of Rs 864.71 crore and Rs 1,909.72 crore lying in the states Disaster Relief Fund,relief was not reaching villagers in drought-affected areas.