In spite of a marginal dip in mercury levels in most parts of north and central India, the hostile heat wave continued unabated with 43 more deaths reported on Monday, raising the toll in the scorching summer to 117.
Sriganganagar in Rajasthan blazed at 46.3 degrees Celsius as mercury also topped the 46-degrees mark in Churu in the state and the 45-degrees mark in Amritsar in Punjab and Hisar in Haryana.
Churu sizzled at 46.1 degrees, Hisar at 45.8 and Amritsar at 45.1 as the heat wave seared through the region crippling normal life with frequent power outages adding to woes of residents.
Thirteen people died due to the intense heat wave in Uttar Pradesh since last evening, taking the toll in the state to 62. Five persons each died in Sitapur and Pratapgarh, two in Chitrakoot and one in Auraiya.
Four persons, including two children, died due to sunstroke in Madhya Pradesh on Monday. Six bodies were recovered from different parts of Gwalior yesterday while four persons died on their way to hospital due to heat stroke, health officials said.
The blistering heat wave sweeping Punjab also claimed four more lives in Hoshiarpur, Sunam and Patiala while a beggar was found dead in Rajasthan capital Jaipur.
Nine bodies were found in several parts of South Delhi while two persons died due to heat in Northeast Delhi.
113 people have died in North and Central India since the onset of the tormenting heat spell. Uttar Pradesh accounted for 62 deaths, Punjab 16, Delhi 13, Madhya Pradesh 12, Rajasthan nine and Haryana one.