Heat wave claims 10 lives; Kota hottest at 48.4 C
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 00:13
New Delhi: The searing heat in northern, western and central India claimed 10 lives as Kota in Rajasthan was the hottest across the country at 48.4 degrees on Tuesday.

Seven people died in Gujarat as heatwave conditions prevailed in parts of north and Kutch region of the state. Bhavnagar, where two deaths were reported, boiled at 45.1 C followed by Ahmedabad 44.4 C.

The heat wave claimed three lives in Jaipur in Rajasthan, where Kota sizzled at 48.4 as Sriganganagar and Jaisalmer braved a hot day at 48.1 C and 48 C respectively. Most parts of the state recorded a temperature in excess of the 45-degree mark.

Sweltering heat swept Punjab and Haryana as Hisar recorded its hottest day in over a decade at 48.1 degrees, over seven degrees above normal. The district had registered 48.8 C on May 26, 1998.

Elsewhere in the region, Amritsar baked at 45.9 C, the highest this season, followed by Ludhiana 44.8 C and Patiala 44 C.

The national capital too saw mercury shooting up as hot winds blew across several places including the areas around the IGI airport. The maximum settled at 44.6 C, a rise of 1.2 degrees than yesterday, while the minimum was recorded at 29.6 degrees. The city has recorded its hottest day this season on May 17 when the mercury touched 45.4 C.

In the hill state of Himachal Pradesh, the weather remained dry as the maximum in capital Shimla settled at 30.1 C against yesterday's 29.9 C. Una was the hottest place in the state at 43.4 C followed by Mandi 40.6 C and Sundernagar 39.9 C.

In Maharashtra, Bramhapuri and Wardha in Vidarbha recorded their highest temperatures of the season at 48.3 and 48 degrees Celsius respectively, as five more deaths, suspected to have been caused by intense heat, were reported from Nagpur which sizzled at 47.2 C, the Met office said.

According to police, five unnatural deaths were today reported from various places in the city.

These persons may have died of excessive heat, though the exact cause will be known after their post-mortem reports are received, they said.

Six such deaths were reported from Nagpur yesterday, police said.


First Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 00:13

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