Heat wave claims 25 lives in Bihar


Patna: Scorching heat in Aurangabad district in Bihar has claimed lives of at least 25 people. Doctors  expressed fear the death toll will increase as heat wave continues.

District surgeon Dr Surendra Prasad Singh said: “All of them (dead) were suffering from high-temperature fever. Out of the 12, 7 were from Gaya, 2 from Aurangabad and one each from Chatra,Sheikhpura and Nawada, Singh added.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased. He has directed all district magistrates to take precautionary measures in the wake of severe heat wave condition in the state.

The severe heat wave condition comes close on the heels of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). As many as 77 people have died of AES in Muzaffarpur area.

Reports said out of 77, 66 people lost their lives at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital. The state government has announced Rs 4 lakh compensation for next of the kin.

The national capital, Delhi, is currently reeling under heat wave condition as well with the maximum temperature of 43.4 degrees Celsius expected on Sunday.

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