Heatwave claims 15 lives in northern India
The weather office has warned the sweltering conditions could continue until the onset of the annual monsoon rains.india Updated: May 06, 2006 18:00 IST
Five more people died of sunstroke, taking the heat-related death toll across the country to at least 15 as the mercury peaked in parched cities struggling to cope with power shortages, a report said on Saturday.
Sunstroke killed five people overnight in northern Uttar Pradesh state, where the temperature in the crowded city of Jhansi hit 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 degrees Fahrenheit) on Friday.
At least nine heat-related deaths were confirmed on Friday in Orissa but the health department said the actual death toll could be as high as 38 since the onset of the hot weather mid-April.
A vagrant also died of heat stroke last month in Amritsar.
The desert city of Rajasthan sizzled with temperatures soaring to a scorching 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the garrison town of Ganganagar.
Temperatures hovered above normal in states such as Bihar, Haryana and Punjab, the weather office reported Saturday, warning the sweltering conditions could continue until the onset of the annual monsoon rains due at the end of June.
Scores of cities and towns are also facing massive water shortages and prolonged power cuts, triggering attacks on those running the overwhelmed state-run utilities.