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Six die in heat wave scorching North India

Most parts of North India sizzled on Tuesday, with six deaths reported from Rajasthan and Haryana over the past two days with the temperature in the desert state touching 48 degrees Celsius in the western parts.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2010 23:30 IST

Most parts of North India sizzled on Tuesday, with six deaths reported from Rajasthan and Haryana over the past two days with the temperature in the desert state touching 48 degrees Celsius in the western parts. And the India Meteorological Department is not holding out any hope of respite in the near future.

A ragpicker and a sweeper died of heat stroke in Jaipur, where the mercury shot up to 45 degrees. A devotee

who came to visit the burial place of sufi saint Moinuddin Chisti died in Ajmer on Tuesday.

In Madhya Pradesh, the temperature in the northern part of the state is still 6 degrees above normal. Gwalior recorded 45.6 degrees on Tuesday while on Monday it was 47.2 degrees.

In Haryana, the unrelenting heat wave is damaging crops, particularly cotton.

Haryana Agriculture University Director (Research) R.P. Narwal said, “Apart from cotton, sugarcane requires immediate rain. The transplantation of paddy has also been delayed due to scanty precipitation.”

The maximum temperature on Monday crossed 48 degrees. So far three deaths have been reported from Hisar district. In UP, Agra (46.5 degrees), Jhansi (45.5) and Aligarh (45.6) were the hottest in the state.

“The weakening of the monsoon in Bihar is causing the delay. It’s showing no signs of strengthening,” said UP Met director J.P. Gupta.