Heat wave grips India, 67 die Tuesday in West Bengal

In the past two days the death toll in the eastern state has touched 86, the highest in decades.

 
New Delhi: 

The searing heat wave across north and eastern India continued to take a huge toll as worst-hit West Bengal recorded 67 deaths Tuesday.

In the past two days the death toll in the eastern state has touched 86, the highest in decades.

Asansol sizzled at 46.5 degrees Celsius.

Thirty-one people dropped dead during the day, while at least 50 were hospitalized.

Twenty-one people died in Midnapore with some dying at the doorsteps of hospitals.

The Met department has warned that it will get worse as the wait for the monsoon stretches to mid-June.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee convened a cabinet meeting Tuesday in the wake of the heat wave. Summer vacations were extended till June 17.

"Heat wave is no longer confined to the districts like Bankura and Purulia. The entire state is affected," she said."

Heatwave intensified in Odisha with 30 sunstroke deaths, most areas suffered under blistering temperatures.

In Bhubaneswar, the state capital, the mercury soared to a record 46.7 degree Celsius Tuesday.

The highest temperature of 47.3 degree Celsius was recorded in the coal town of Talcher followed by 47.2 degree at Chandbali and 47 degree Celsius in western Odisha's Titlagarh.

A total of 30 people died of heat wave in Andhra Pradesh Sunday, taking the toll in the state to over 100.

In the north, a spell of shower brought some respite to the national capital Delhi.

The maximum temperature climbed down to 40.8 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature, however, saw a rise from 29 to 29.5 degrees Celsius.

Light rains also drenched isolated parts of Uttar Pradesh, but the heat wave continued.

Allahabad was the hottest place in the state with a maximum temperature of 45.4 degrees Celsius, followed by Etawah at 44.8 and Varanasi at 44.5 degrees Celsius.

The temperature dropped marginally in Rajasthan, with the mercury falling below the 45 degrees Celsius mark at most places. Churu remained the hottest place in the state, recording a maximum of 44.3 degrees Celsius.

There was no let up in the heat wave sweeping Punjab and Haryana, with maximum temperatures hovering over 40 degrees Celsius in most parts of the region on Tuesday.

Amritsar continued to be the hottest registering a maximum of 43.2 degrees Celsius, the MeT office said.

Light rains or thunderstorm may occur at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana in the next 48 hours, it said.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon finally made an onset over Kerala Tuesday, five days later than its June 1 forecast.

It is likely to reach Pune and Mumbai in three-four days.

In the last 24 hours, the monsoon has made a rapid advance to not only cover the entire state of Kerala but also parts of south Tamil Nadu and coastal Karnataka, reaching up to Mangalore, the India Meteorological Department said.

Source: Dna/Times of India/IBNLive/Zeenews

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