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Heatwave conditions perist in w Bengal

There was no let-up in the heatwave in the south-western parts of West Bengal where the mercury hovered between 40 and 44 degrees celsius today.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2003 10:47 IST

There was no let-up in the heatwave in the south-western parts of West Bengal where the mercury hovered between 40 and 44 degrees celsius on Saturday.

Four persons have died in the last three days in Nadia, East Midnapore and Bardwan districts.

Coupled with blistering heat, power cuts and water scarcity added to the woes of the people in the city as well as several districts during the day.

The weather office said that the city recorded the maximum temperature of 37.7 degrees celsius during the day, but the higher percentage of humidity made the condition unbearable.

Sizzling heat continued to torment the western districts of Purulia and Bankura with the mercury soaring to 44 degrees celsius. Fifty-five persons were rushed to hospitals in Purulia after they fell sick due to abnormal heat, reports said.

First Published: Jun 02, 2003 10:47 IST