Heat wave claims 30 lives in Bengal

Heat wave claims 30 lives in Bengal

With no rain in sight and the mercury touching 40.2 degrees Celsius in the city, 30 people reportedly died in different districts of South Bengal.

According to Burdwan district magistrate O S Meena, the district reported 16 unnatural deaths from various hospitals on Tuesday.

“Keeping in mind the intense heat wave which might result in casualties, we have arranged for additional beds and generators to the hospitals. Drinking water tanks are also being placed in various parts and schools have been asked to extend the summer holidays,” district magistrate O S Meena said.

While Hoogly accounted for three such deaths, four people reportedly succumbed to the heat in West Midnapore’s Jhargram and two each by the heat in the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata, sources in the administration said.

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