Heat wave blazes on, three more perish
A blazing sun brought no respite to people in many states as the mercury shot up to unbearable limits even as two more persons perished in the heat while a severe hailstorm claimed two lives in Assam.
Delhiites sweated it out as the maximum temperature mounted to 42.6 degrees Celsius, the second time in three days that the mercury reached the season's peak. The maximum temperature was four notches above normal, registering a jump of 1.5 degrees from Friday.
Normal life was affected in Orissa as mercury in many places went above 40 degrees, with the highest being recorded at Sundargarh at.
The death toll in the state due to sun stroke has gone up to 13 though unofficially the figure has been put at 63.
In Tamil Nadu, mercury sizzled to 42 degrees in capital Chennai, which continued to reel under the oppressive heat with the month-long 'agni nakshtaram', considered to be the most hottest period during summer, began on Saturday.
The simmering heat coupled with high humidity made the weather intolerable for people at several places.
Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh continued to be in the grip of heat wave conditions with day temperatures remaining above normal by up to eight degrees.
After Hisar, Amritsar in Punjab blazed at 44.6 degrees, eight notches above normal. The desert state of Rajasthan also reeled under blistering heat with temperatures soaring by one-three degrees in all places.
Ganganagar with a high of 45.2 degrees was the hottest place in the state, followed by Churu (45) and Jaipur (44.4).
On the other hand, an eight-year-old girl and a 36-year-old woman were killed and 20 injured when a devastating storm accompanied by hail lashed across several villages under Mayong revenue circle of Assam's Morigaon district.
Forty-four people have died across the country since the onset of summer. While Orissa and West Bengal have accounted for 10 deaths each, eight persons have died in Uttar Pradesh, seven in Jharkhand and three in Gujarat.