Thursday, June 13, 2024

Heatwave claims 19 lives in Bihar

As many as 19 people died due to heatstroke in Bihar as the state experienced intense heatwave conditions, with the temperature exceeding 44 degrees Celsius.

The death toll due to the prevailing heatwave conditions has reached 12 in Bihar’s Aurangabad, with over 20 patients admitted to different hospitals across the district. In Kaimur district, four people died on Thursday, May 30, including a worker on election duty. In Arrah, three more deaths were reported in Bhojpur district. The region has been grappling with extreme heatwaves, with rising numbers of heatstroke cases registered.

“A teacher named Shahnawaz Khan, who was on duty with him, suffered a heat stroke. Khan did not wake up after returning home from election duty and was subsequently reported dead,” ANI news agency quotes Dr Sahil Raj, a doctor at Kaimur’s Mohania sub-divisional hospital, as saying.

Despite the possibility of light rains, relief from the extreme heat is unlikely.

The ongoing heat has created a critical situation, with authorities on high alert and emergency measures in place to assist those affected.

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.

Eight seats of Bihar will vote in the final phase of Lok Sabha 2024 elections on June 1. The remaining 42 seats voted in earlier phases.

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