Thursday, June 13, 2024

21 officials on poll duty die in UP and Bihar amid heatwave

At least 21 officials who were on election duty, died in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the past 48 hours amid severe heat in the region.

The total death toll is 32. 19 deaths were reported from Bihar, while 13 fatalities took place in Uttar Pradesh.

In Bihar, eight poll personnel were among the 19 who died due to heat-related illnesses in the past 48 hours. The state has been grappling with heatwave conditions over the past few days. Temperatures crossed 44 degree Celsius in many parts of the state on Thursday.

According to the Meteorological Department, an orange alert has been issued in 11 districts of South Central and Southwest Bihar on Friday in Bhabua-Rohtas, Aurangabad, Buxar, Gaya, Arwal, Bhojpur, Nawada, Sheikhpura, Nalanda and Begusara. Extreme heat wave warnings have been issued in these districts. Also, the temperature in these districts is forecast to be between 43 degrees to 47 degrees.

In Uttar Pradesh, 13 poll personnel deployed in the Mirzapur district died after reporting high fever and high blood pressure.

Mizapur is among 13 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh where polls will be held on Saturday in the final phase of the election on Saturday.


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