Heatwave pushes death toll in India

Marje Pelayo   •   June 18, 2019   •   852

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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

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Dentists extract over 500 teeth from 7-year-old’s mouth

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019

526 teeth removed from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy | Courtesy: Reuters

A seven-year-old boy with an unusual medical condition had 526 teeth removed from his mouth, doctors said on Wednesday (July 31).

The boy had been complaining of swelling on the right side of his lower jaw since the age of three.

Medical investigation by surgeons revealed the presence of a large growth containing multiple hard structures within the jaw.

Doctors said that this is a unique medical case and a first-of-its-kind. The rare lesion with teeth has been confirmed as a ‘compound composite odontoma’.

In a similar case from 2014, 232 teeth were removed from the mouth of a Mumbai teen. (REUTERS)

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Around 700 passengers rescued from train stuck in floods near Mumbai

Robie de Guzman   •   July 30, 2019

Badlapur, Maharashtra, India (July 27, 2019): (Left) Fire department personnel on boat with rescued passengers. (Right) Aerial views of stranded train, Mahalaxmi Express, stuck due to floods | Courtesy: 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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‘Definitely weird’: Snake bites man, man bites back in India

Robie de Guzman   •   July 30, 2019

Raj Kumar, who was bitten by the snake, lies on a hospital bed (left). Parts of the snake’s body after man bit the snake, after initially getting bitten (right) | Courtesy: Reuters

An Indian man bit a snake on Sunday (July 28) after the reptile bit him.

Raj Kumar, a resident of Etah district in Uttar Pradesh state, was drinking alcohol at home when a rat snake entered his house and bit him.

His father, Babu Ram, said on Monday (July 29) that his son chewed it into pieces in revenge.

The man’s family rushed him to a nearby hospital where his condition was reported by local media to be critical.

“This is definitely weird,” said Raj Kumar’s doctor, N.P Singh. “I have seen people coming in with snake bites but never somebody who bit a snake and then brought it with him in a bag.”

The snake was taken away by local residents and cremated. (REUTERS)

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