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Ri-Bhoi residents warned against rising temperatures


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From Our Correspondent

NONGPOH, April 29: A public advisory has been issued for residents of Ri-Bhoi urging them to take precautionary measures in response to an unusual surge in temperatures during the summer months.
The order, issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Ri-Bhoi, who is also the Chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) of Ri-Bhoi, encouraged the citizens to follow a set of guidelines aimed at minimising the adverse effects of high temperatures.
Among the recommended measures, the public have been advised to limit outdoor activities, especially from 12 noon to 3 pm, when the sun’s intensity is the highest.
Hydration has been stressed as crucial in coping with the heat, with individuals urged to drink plenty of water regularly, regardless of thirst. Additionally, wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting cotton clothing is recommended to facilitate better air circulation and cooling.
To protect themselves from the sun’s rays, residents have been advised to use protective gear such as goggles, umbrellas, hats, and suitable footwear when outdoors.
The order discouraged strenuous physical activity during high temperatures to prevent heat-related illnesses.
“Travellers are urged to carry enough water and avoid dehydrating beverages like alcohol, tea, coffee, and carbonated drinks. If individuals experience weakness, faintness, or illness, seeking medical assistance promptly is advised. For animal welfare, pet owners are reminded to provide shade and water for their animals to prevent heat stress. Additionally, strategies for keeping homes cool, including using curtains, shutters, and fans, are recommended, along with regular cold water baths to reduce discomfort,” it read.
Educational institutions have been directed to prioritise students’ safety by minimising outdoor activities and ensuring compliance with the guidelines.
On the other hand, it said that the authorities are monitoring the situation closely and may issue further advisories, as needed, to address emerging challenges posed by the prevailing weather conditions.


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