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Uday Foundation Collaborates With NDTV To Give Blankets for Poor

Every year the NGO runs a blanket donation campaign and gives people dry ration and dignity kits

Uday Foundation

Uday Foundation, a non-profit organisation, in collaboration with New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV), has initiated a drive to provide blankets to help people keep warm in bone-chilling winters of North India. The target for the initiative is to collect 60,000 blankets. So far, the NGO have received a donation for, 26498 blankets.

Hailed as one of the best seasons of the year, Delhi winters are usually extreme with the temperature dropping to as low as zero degrees Celsius. While this may be enjoyable for a few, the bone-chilling winters that Delhiites experience can prove deadly for vulnerable sections of society. Every year, Uday Foundation runs a blanket donation campaign, where it provides high-quality warm blankets to the underprivileged. The NGO also provides people with dry ration and dignity kits.

Government statistics reveal that winters are the second major reason for deaths in India after lightning. Statistics show that till 2018, 826 people died every year due to harsh winters in Delhi. Clearly, hundreds of winter deaths are considered “normal”, and there is hardly any effort to find the exact reason behind them.

An international team, led by researchers at Monash University in Australia, found that globally more than five million extra deaths a year can be attributed to non-optimal temperatures. The study found that deaths related to hot temperatures increased in all regions from 2000 to 2019, indicating that global warming due to climate change will make this mortality figure worse in the future. In India, the number of deaths per year linked with abnormal cold temperatures is 6,55,400, while the number of deaths associated with high temperatures is 83,700, according to researchers. The team looked at mortality and temperature data across the world from 2000 to 2019, a period when global temperatures rose by 0.26 degrees Celsius per decade.

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