Birds ‘Fall From The Sky’ As Heatwave Scorches India

It’s no secret that many areas of the world are experiencing unprecedented weather partners. In the Pacific Northwest, record rainfall is hitting, whereas, in parts of India and Pakistan, record heatwaves are scorching the land.

In the state of Gujarat, the heatwaves are so bad that thousands of birds have fallen from the sky.

According to Reuters, animal rescuers have been responding to the incidents of fallen birds and treating them as best as they can.

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As per Reuters, Manoj Bhavsar, who works for an animal hospital in Ahmedabad, said that this year has been one of the worst in terms of bird rescues. She said, “We have seen a 10 percent increase in the number of birds that need rescuing.”

Rescuers treat the birds by feeding them multi-vitamin tablets and offering syringes of water.

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Unfortunately, the heatwave only seems to be getting worse, with some areas having forecasts of 50C (122F) temperatures.

Meteorologist Scott Duncan explained on Twitter, “Sadly, this is just the beginning. Over 1 billion people will endure the excessive heat. Shaded on the map is where we expect over 40° C (104°F). Some will approach 50°C (122°F).”

The temperatures are significantly higher than average temperatures for this time of year and many believe climate change is propelling the extreme weather events happening around the world.

India has been experiencing extreme heat on and off since March.

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Accordign to Reuters, health officials even issued advisories to hospitals to set up special wards for heat stroke and other heat-related issues over the extreme temperatures.

So far, at least 25 people have died in the state of Maharashtra from heat and hundreds of cases of heatstroke have been reported.

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