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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

4 dead as heat wave sweeps south Bengal
Press Trust of India, PTI
Kolkata, May 31, 2003
First Published: 10:39 IST(31/5/2003)
Last Updated: 10:39 IST(31/5/2003)
Heat wave continued to sweep several south Bengal districts, claiming so far four lives, as the weatherman today said the onset of monsoon in the gangetic West Bengal might be delayed by a few days.

With the death of a middle-aged person at Dantan in West Midnapore due to heatwave, excessive heat so far claimed four lives in the state, including two at Suri in Birbhum and one in Chakda in Nadia district, reports said quoting police sources.

Purulia was the hottest place in the state with the mercury soaring upto 44.4 degrees celsius, followed by Bankura with 44 degrees, Asansol, Durgapur and Jhargram with 43 degrees celsius each. Burdwan recorded the maximum temperature at 42 degrees celsius.

Regional meteorological Centre Director K K Chakraborty said that monsoon arrival at the Kerala coast, scheduled on June One, was likely to be delayed by three to five days. "Its advancement to the gangetic West Bengal may be late by only a few days as a result", he said, adding that there was no chance of any inordinate delay of monsoon arrival in West Bengal coast.

Meanwhile, Chakraborty said that there might be a respite from the current heat spell in the state, with prospects of rain in the next 48 hours brightening.

Kolkattans continued to bear with the tormenting heat, coupled with the intermittent power cuts that caused drinking water scarcity in several parts of the metropolis.

The city recorded the maximum temperature of 38.6 degrees celsius (four degrees above normal) during the day. The day temperature might go up to 39 degrees celsius tomorrow.


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