Heatwave rages on; 4 pilgrims die in moving train
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.
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