|Insurance woes snuff out christmas candles in Vancouver|
By Paul Kennedy, The Canadian Press
BENGALURU: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced that the Christmas season is now in its second month of scorching temperatures.
The mercury has now climbed by almost one-degree Celsius for the fifth straight day, while the average global temperature, recorded from around the eastern coast of India today, stood at 30.8 degrees Celsius, or 27 C.
And for the fourth time in less than a month of heatwaves, Indian meteorologists say the summer heatwave is far from over and predicted that temperatures may rise again for this winter.
The meteorologists from IMD said it is too early to predict whether or not Indian heat will stay on trend.
But the first three months of the year have been the hottest in nearly 40 years and the temperature during the winter is also likely to rise further.
The heatwaves of the summer months last about 30 days, while in the spring the heatwaves last about seven days.
For a longer period of time, the IMD meteorologists predict the heatwaves, which are so powerful they can cause trees to sway, can happen twice.
One of those rarest weather features is known as a heatwave.
But in a typical Indian summer heatwave, the heat lasts for about two weeks, says chief meteorologist R.S. Bhaskar.
Some conditions are rarer than others, such as for example the sudden release of heavy downpours or torrential rains.
"Heatwaves are caused when air temperature is elevated and rainfall is not accompanied by a drop in pressure so air temperature rises quickly with very little pressure loss at other times," says Rajat Mehta from IMD's Center for Global Weather.
"The sudden release of atmospheric moisture and temperature fluctuations can lead to sudden and severe changes in weather patterns and also large amounts of heavy rainfall (at times)."
Mehta also predicts a rise in heatwaves in many of the world's tropical regions from this year onwards.
In other words, Indian heat waves and Indian drought conditions are likely to affect almost every land, sea and air area worldwide.
But that doesn't mean that Indian weather is suddenly going from being one of the driest years on record to one that has already recorded two major drought seasons on record, which will mean that severe monsoon conditions, and even severe heat, is on its way.
Heatwaves and drought
In an interview earlier this year with this newspaper, Rajan Bhasin, the director general of IMD, said heatwaves are a fact of life in this country.
But he added that Indi
Asbestos being cleaned up at abb site
By Michael Gwynne
The abb site that collapsed at the Abbey Road abbatoire was cleaned up by Abbotsford resident Brian Gwynne, a member of the local community who now works with the council.
According to Gwynne the debris "was cleared from the site by a worker hired by <the>site's] operator.
"After washing the dust off, a local contractor came out with a hand-held machine that he placed over the broken pipe and cut a hole into it."
The contractor used duct tape to seal the wound and "he was able to drill into the outside of the pipe and clear it away and the pipe appeared to come up for air."
Although the abbot was the only one on site with a hand-held machine, a local contractor was able to drill a small hole into the back of a similar machine at a nearby abbot in order to fill the gaping hole in the pipe.
The next day, June 18, workers were able to remove the remains of what was left of the structure from Abbotsford's abbatoire.
The broken pipe was then cleared away, leaving only the remains of the two pieces of broken pipe in the area.
When workers learned about the circumstances surrounding the collapse of the abbot in March, some called for an immediate investigation into the safety and fire safety of the abbot. However, when the abbot was inspected by a team of fire experts, they found nothing of real concern.
Gwynne and others called for a detailed investigation into what went wrong. But now he believes the investigation by the fire department has been a whitewash.
"(The fire department) were told the abbot had no structure fire, although the structure itself had smoke alarms and was equipped with an 'incendiary charge and fire hoses'.
"Instead, no one at the abbot knew this or who should have discovered the fire alarm and fire hoses, let alone how it could possibly have gone wrong," said Gwynne.
According to Gwynne "because the abbot did not have any sprinklers, it could have caused a fire at any time, without any fire hydrants being installed."
He added: "All of the information about the fire alarm and fire hoses was found on the website of a local council official that had come to assess the building."
The fire hoses and alarm system were placed in the building to help detect possible dangers, not to help the fire escape вЂ“ but that is not really what happened.
Gwynne said "after the abbot collapsed there were no warnings to people at the site about the fire alar