At least five people, including a woman died of sunstroke in last 24 hours in Vidarbha region, which is reeling under a severe heat wave with temperatures in some places reaching 46 degree Celsius.
The second capital of the state, Nagpur city experienced its hottest day on Tuesday to 45 degree Celsius while Khamgaon city, which recorded over 46 Celsius, topped the temperature charts. Several places in the region reported temperatures on Tuesday above 44 degrees Celsius. The mercury touched 45.5 Celsius at Akola, local weather bureau informed.
According to reports reaching here the divisional headquarters, three persons died of sunstroke in Chandrapur, one of the hottest districts in the region while one each died of hit-related causes in Gondia and Bhandara district. Several people, mostly women and children in almost all the districts, were admitted to civil hospitals due to dehydration problems.
Persons, who died of hit-related diseases, identified as Pratish Sahadula, a truck driver of Chandrapur, Rashid Khan Pathan, a factory worker of Warora and one aged person at industrial city of Ballarpur, who is yet to be identified. A tendu leaf (Beedi patta) collector, Shevantibai Ramteke of Gondia suffered sunstroke while collecting tendu leaf in scorching jungle of eastern Vidarbha. She was rushed to Gondia civil hospital where he died this evening. Hot wave claimed the life of a rice mill employee at Asola in Bhandara district as mercury soared. Tragedy occurred when the victim, Sakharam Choudhary was returning from his duty. On way, he visited an agriculture field for quenching thirst. But after drinking water, he became unconscious and died.
Reports said that acute water shortage and power crisis added to the woes of the people, particularly in rural Vidarbha, already reeling under the sweltering conditions.