Ranchi: An assistant sub-inspector of police died of heat stroke in Dumka, taking the toll to six in the three-week long heat wave in Jharkhand.
Mohammad Istiyak was admitted to the Dumka Sadar Hospital after he collapsed due to severe heat on Monday. He died in the hospital last night, an official release said on Tuesday.
With this, Dumka recorded five heat wave related deaths while another one died in Latehar.
Dumka, which registered 45 degree C on Monday, had some respite during the day with the mercury lowering to 42.5 degree C, according to Met Office sources.
Bokaro had another hot day at 46.2 degree C while Dhanbad recorded 46, Garwha 45, and Jamshedpur 44.8 degree C.
Heat wave conditions also continued to prevail in Palamau (43.8), Latehar (42), Lohardaga (43.4.), West Singhbhum (44.2), Gumla (40) and Ranchi (40.6).
"The heat wave conditions will prevail for the next 24 to 48 hours," said G K Mohanty, Director Met office, Ranchi.