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     New Delhi, April 11, 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reviewed the preparedness for the ensuing heat wave season in a high level meeting.

     The Prime Minister was briefed about the temperature outlook for the period from April to June, 2024, including the forecasts for the upcoming hot weather season (April to June), the likelihood of above normal maximum temperatures over most parts of the country, especially with high probability over Central India and western peninsular India, official sources said.

     Preparedness in the health sector was also reviewed in terms of essential medicines, intravenous fluids, ice packs, ORS and drinking water.

     The timely dissemination of essential IEC and awareness material especially in regional languages through all platforms such as television, radio and social media was stressed upon.

      Since a hotter than normal summer is expected in 2024, which coincides with the General Elections, it was felt that the Advisories issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and National Disaster Management Authority be translated into regional languages and disseminated widely.

     Modi stressed upon the whole of Government approach. He said that all arms of the government at Central, State and District levels and various Ministries need to work on this in synergy.

     The Prime Minister also stressed upon awareness creation along with adequate preparation in hospitals.

     He also highlighted the need for quick detection and putting out forest fires.

     The Principal Secretary to the PM, Home Secretary, officials from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), and the National Disaster Management Authority participated in the meeting.

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