Heat wave claims another life in Amritsar, toll rises to 4 in 3 days

  • Shaheen P Parshad, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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  • Updated: Jun 11, 2014 09:19 IST

The scorching heat wave prevailing in the region claimed yet a not her life in Amritsar, bringing the toll to four during the past three days.

The body of a mendicant, in his sixties, was recovered on Monday from the area fall-ing under the purview of A Division police station.

“The deceased apparently succumbed to the intense heat, though we are investig ating the case under sections 174 of CrPC,” said ASI Paramjit Singh of Bus Stop police post, who is investigating the matter.

Among the three other heatrelated deaths in the city, one was reported on Saturday, while two others occurred on Sunday. All the three deceased were described as mendicants aged around 50 years.

CITY RECORDS HIGH TEMPERATURES

On Tuesday, Amritsar recorded a maximum temperature of 47° Celsius and a minimum temperature of 23.8° C. It was just a less degree that the highest ever temperature of 48 recorded in the city last year, which had broken the records of the previous 35 years.

According to Met office director Surender Paul, the weather conditions can worsen in the next 48 hours with the heat wave turning into a severe heat wave. “A bit of respite is likely on June 12 as dust storms are predicted for the day,” he said. He added that as compared to the past few years, the temperatures have been steady this time for almost a week and are likely to stay so in the next 48 hours.

‘HYDRATE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE’

Staying well-hydrated and avoiding direct exposure to the heat is, according to the doctors, the best way to keep the heat stroke at bay. “So carry a water bottle with you at all times wherever you go,” is the general advice offered to people."

According to Dr RPS Boparai, a renowned doctor in the city, residents should avoid prolonged and unwar ranted exposure to direct sunlight. “Besides, residents should avoid over-exerting themselves in such weather as it can be detrimental for their health. They should also consume plenty of water and keep themselves well hydrated,” he said.

 

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