Heat claims four more lives in West Bengal

The heat wave in eastern parts of the country claimed four more lives in West Bengal on Thursday even as the north remained slightly cooler due to the showers last evening.

Updated: Jun 07, 2012, 22:08 PM IST

New Delhi: The heat wave in eastern parts of the country claimed four more lives in West Bengal on Thursday even as the north remained slightly cooler due to the showers last evening.

In Delhi, the maximum temperature was recorded at 38.2 degrees celsius providing much needed relief to capital denizens who had been facing temperatures above 40 degrees celsius for the last over one week.

With the four deaths reported today, the cumulative toll in West Bengal rose to 52.
Seven people had died of a sunstroke in Purulia district in the past seven days, officials said. However, unofficial accounts put the figure at 17.

In North 24-Parganas district, a middle-aged person died today after he suffered heat-related diarrhoea at Hingalganj, Additional SP North 24-Parganas Mehboob Akhtar said.

In some districts in south Bengal, including the metropolis, it rained this morning for an average 30 minutes giving relief to people from the intense heat of the last several days, albeit temporary as the sun soon started to blaze again.

Showers in most parts of Northern region yesterday had brought the mercury down providing respite to the people suffering the brunt of heat wave.

People in parts of Punjab and Haryana also heaved a sigh of relief with mercury dropping by up to five notches below normal yesterday.

With rain lashing various parts of the region, maximum temperature fell below 40 degree C in both the states.

PTI