INDIA – As many as 28 people have died in India’s Gaya city due to heat stroke, Bihar state health minister, Mangal Pandey, said on Monday (June 17).
Hospital wards at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College were full of people lying on hospital beds suffering from heat exhaustion over the weekend.
Speaking at a news conference, Pandy said that in some cases people had been brought into hospitals already dead.
The government of Bihar has ordered that all schools in the region remain closed until June 22 due to the intense heat after being previously due to reopen on Monday following the end of summer holidays.
At least 36 people have died from a heatwave this year, with the nation’s capital Delhi recording its highest-ever temperature of 48 degrees Celsius (118 Fahrenheit), and temperatures in Churu in Rajasthan state hitting 51C.
India typically witnesses water scarcity during summer months, but the situation this year is particularly bad due to less than normal rainfall in the 2018 monsoon season.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had predicted that a heatwave would hit India from mid-March but the weather turned extreme in mid-May and is expected to last until mid-June. – REUTERS
Around 700 people were rescued from a train stranded in monsoon waters on the outskirts of India’s financial capital Mumbai, a railway official said on Saturday (July 27).
Local media reported that the passengers had been stranded on the Mahalaxmi Express train in Badlapur region since Friday night (July 26) as water-logging triggered by incessant rain covered the railway tracks and partially submerged the train.
An official from the Central Railway Chief Public Relations Office said that all passengers had been removed from the vehicle. Officers from India’s Air Force, Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were enlisted to aid rescue efforts.
In Mumbai water-logged roads caused long traffic jams and there were also delays in rail journeys and flights. (REUTERS)
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