The Indian Meteorological Department has officially issued heat wave warnings to eight states across India - Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Karnataka, reports Skymet Weather

According to NDMA, to minimise the impact during the heat wave:

Avoid going out in the sun, especially between 12.00 noon and 3.00 p.m.

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Drink sufficient water and as often as possible, even if not thirsty. While travelling, carry water with you

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Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose, and porous cotton clothes. If you work outside, use a hat or an umbrella and also use a damp cloth on your head, neck, face and limbs

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Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and carbonated soft drinks, which dehydrates the body.

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Avoid high-protein food and do not eat stale food.

Do not leave children or pets in parked vehicles.

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If you feel faint or ill, see a doctor immediately.

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Use ORS, homemade drinks like lassi, torani (rice water), lemon water, buttermilk, etc. which helps to re-hydrate the body.

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Keep animals in shade and give them plenty of water to drink.

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Keep your home cool, use curtains, shutters or sunshade and open windows at night.

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Use fans, damp clothing and take bath in cold water frequently.

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