Heat­wave rages on; 4 pil­grims die in mov­ing train

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —Agen­cies

New Delhi: Sev­eral parts of the coun­try con­tin­ued to reel un­der swel­ter­ing heat Tues­day with mer­cury cross­ing the 45-de­gree mark, even as four el­derly pil­grims trav­el­ling on a train from Agra to Coim­bat­ore died due to ex­treme heat.

The pil­grims, hail­ing from Tamil Nadu, were trav­el­ling in non-ac coaches of Ker­ala Express. They com­plained of un­easi­ness and by the time the train reached Jhansi, three of them died. One of the pil­grims died in a hos­pi­tal, of­fi­cials said.

Jhansi in Ut­tar Pradesh has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing se­vere heat wave in the re­cent weeks. It recorded a high of 48 de­grees Cel­sius Tues­day. The max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture hov­ered close to 45 de­grees Cel­sius at most places in Pun­jab and Haryana.

Hisar in Haryana and Pa­tiala in Pun­jab siz­zled at 45.5 de­grees Cel­sius, a MET of­fi­cial said. In­tense heat wave con­di­tions also swept Bhi­wani at 45.3 de­grees Cel­sius, while Kar­nal and Nar­naul recorded above nor­mal tem­per­a­ture of 44 de­grees Cel­sius each.

The four trav­el­ling from

Agra to Coim­bat­ore in Ker­ala Express train had taken ill in Gwalior, a se­nior Rail­way of­fi­cial said.

Three of them were de­clared dead in the train at the Jhansi rail­way sta­tion, while another per­son who was taken to Jhansi Med­i­cal Col­lege died dur­ing treat­ment, said Rail­way PRO Manoj Ku­mar Singh on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal de­part­ment, rain or thundersto­rm is very likely at iso­lated places in the state. It also warned that se­vere heat­wave con­di­tions are likely to pre­vail at iso­lated places in the state.

Ac­cord­ing to re­port, of the 15 hottest places in the world last week, 10 were from In­dia.

—PTI

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