Six dead in 72 hours as mercury touches 45 degrees Celsius

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 28, 2015 00:16 IST

Six people have reportedly died due to the heat wave in the Capital that has seen day temperatures hovering around 45 degrees Celsius for the last 72 hours.

Police said all the six deceased were men, most of them homeless, whose identities were yet to be established.

Two bodies were recovered from Lutyens’ Delhi on Monday and Tuesday. Another was recovered near Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place on Tuesday.

Three bodies were recovered on Tuesday from two different places in south Delhi while another man was found dead near the Nigam Bodh Ghat at Kashmere Gate on Wednesday.

Police suspect all six men died due to the unrelenting heat wave. The autopsy reports will determine the cause of the deaths. The bodies have been preserved in the mortuaries of different hospitals across the city for identification.

At around 2 pm on Monday, the police control room received a call about an unidentified body of a man near Race Course Road, on the approach road to the DID Colony.

Since the death occurred near the Prime Minister’s residence, a police team reached there and rushed the victim to RML Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

DCP (south), Prem Nath, said the police would wait for autopsy reports to find the cause of their deaths. “We found a syringe and needles in one of the deceased’s pockets while three biscuits were found from the other’s pocket. They appeared to be vagabonds,” he said.

The maximum temperature in the city had settled at 45 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, a day after it touched 45.5 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature this season so far.

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