Mercury shoots up in Jharkhand, people remain indoors
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 23:19
Ranchi: People kept indoors as heat conditions swept across Jharkhand with the authorities re-scheduling timing in schools in different districts as several heat stroke patients were admitted to hospital.

Jamshedpur and adjoining areas in East Singhbhum district experienced the hottest day of the season with the mercury shooting up to 44.7 degree celsius, six degree above normal, followed by Daltongunj, where the temperature soared to 44.4 degree celsius, met office sources said.

The maximum temperature in the state capital Ranchi was recorded at 40.6 degree celsius while the minimum temperature remained at 21.2 degree celsius, the sources said.

The mercury soared to above 40 degree C mark in other parts of the state as roads became deserted under the blazing sun during the afternoon.

In the steel city on an average two-three persons, affected by heat stroke, were being admitted to hospital daily for the past few days, the Superintendent of government-run M G M Hospital Prof. A N Mishra said.

Timings in different schools has been reschuduled in East-West Singhbhum and Ranchi districts as the administration directed to wind up classes by 11 a.m to shield children from the excessive heat conditions.

The erratic power supply in the state further worsened the situation as pumps stopped functioning resulting in acute drinking water crisis.


First Published: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 23:19

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