Mercury shoots up in Jharkhand, people remain indoors

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.

PTI



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

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