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Pujas for rain, no let up in WB heat wave

Kolkata, June 02 (PTI) Devotees today performed pujas in the city and elsewhere in West Bengal for spells of rain, as the south-western parts of the state continued to reel under heatwave for the last fortnight with the mercury hovering between 37 degrees and 45 degrees celsius.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2003 11:47 IST

Devotees on Monday performed pujas in the city and elsewhere in West Bengal for spells of rain, as the south-western parts of the state continued to reel under heatwave for the last fortnight with the mercury hovering between 37 degrees and 45 degrees celsius.

A pool car driver of the city police died after suffering heat stroke while on duty near Hastings area, raising the toll in the current heat wave in the state to five.

Police said the driver was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead.

The weatherman today crossed his fingers on the possibility of rain in the next 24 hours even after assuring of a squally weather in the Gangetic belt on the ground that it had detected 'rain-bearing cloud' yesterday.

Tormenting heat forced people indoors in Purulia and Bankura where the maximum temperature continued to soar, ranging between 43 and 45 degrees celsius for the last few days.

Praying for immediate rain to tide over the situation, devotees performed pujas at the Nakuleswar temple in city's Kalighat area. Reports of worshipiing 'Varuna' also poured in from Malda and Murshidabad districts where normal life remained severely hit due to the excessive heat.

Regional Meteorological office here recorded the maximum temperature in the city at 37.2 degrees celsius (two degrees above normal), but could not assure of any rain as immediate relief.

Reports from districts said that power cuts and water scarcity made life miserable, as the farmers were wary of the drying up of vegetation in fields due to excessive heat.

First Published: Jun 03, 2003 11:47 IST