The intense heat wave prevailing in the region claimed the lives of five more persons in the city during the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to eight in two days.
In all, around 15 people have died in Amritsar due to the hot weather conditions in the past few days.
Among the latest casualties were four unidentified mendicants, including a woman, and a labourer identified as Baldev Singh (45), a local resident.
Of the four unidentified mendicants, two bodies of a 50-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man were recovered from the area under E Division police station. The body of a person, aged around 45 years, was recovered from the area under the jurisdiction of A Division police station. Another person, aged around 65 years, was found dead in the area under C Division police station.
Baldev Singh (45), a labourer and a resident of Bhai Manj Singh Road here, was found dead in Sultanwind village where he was employed.
According to ASI Manohar Singh of A Division police station, ASI Balwinder Singh of C Division police station, ASI Sukhdev Singh of E Division police station and ASI Balwinder Singh of Galliara police post, who are investigating these deaths, the deceased died due to the intense heat. They added that efforts were being made to identify the four deceased mendicants.
Meanwhile, the maximum temperature on Sunday was recorded at 40.8 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was recorded at 23.6° Celsius. Even as the Met officials had predicted a generally cloudy sky on Sunday, with possibility of rain or thundershowers and the maximum temperature around 39 degrees, the day remained by and large sunny and hot. The weather forecast for the entire week from June 23 to June 28 predicts partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm.
On Friday, heat had claimed lives of three persons, identified as Hardeep Singh (45), a businessman, and a resident of New Tehsilpura, and Jagmohan Singh (50), a resident of Habibpura, Sultanwind Road, and an unidentified rickshaw-puller (40).