Indian migrant girl dies of heat stroke in Arizona desert


Arizona: A six-year-old Indian migrant girl died of heat stroke in an Arizona desert after her mother left in search of water, the US Border Patrol said on Friday.

The girl was identified as Gurupreet Kaur. She was found by US Border Patrol west of Lukeville, Arizona on Wednesday. The temperature at that time was 42 degrees Celsius.

Reports said Kaur and her mother were part of a group of five Indian nationals who were dropped off by smugglers in a remote border area at 10 am on Tuesday. The region was located 27 kilometres west of Lukeville in Arizona state.

The girl’s mother went in search of water along with another woman leaving her daughter with the rest of the group members only not to reunite.

The Border Patrol agents spotted Kaur’s body 1.6 km from the border.

Kaur is the second migrant child to have died in Arizona’s southern deserts this year. Notably, there has been a surge in the number of migrant families from Central America.

The immigration officials said there has been a rise in the number of Indian nationals entering the United States from Mexico.

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