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5/01/2008

Heat wave deaths toll rises to 39

India
The searing heat wave conditions continued in many parts of the country with a man dying due to sunstroke in Kolkata as the nationwide toll this summer mounted to 39. The national capital blazed at 42.2 degrees Celsius, the highest this season, as hot surface winds that blew across the city during the day added to the misery of the people. Heat wave in most pockets of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh intensified as maximum temperatures were four to six notches above normal. Hisar in Haryana remained the hottest place with a high of 45.2 degrees. Long power cuts and shortage of water supply added to the woes of the people.


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GEORGIA - Drought not over; Lake Lanier Lower Than This Time Last Year. The report is grim. Lake Lanier is up from where it was at wintertime but it's still 13 and a half feet below where it should be. Areas like Lake Lanier have shown improvement but the forecast for the summer and drought relief is bleak. "We are at the best that we can expect probably through October." It's a sobering statement from the Georgia state climatologist. The consensus among drought experts is that the UNPRECEDENTED drought is not over.

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