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Maharashtra records 2 sunstroke deaths as IMD warns of moderate heat wave

Mumbai: Two persons died of sunstroke in Maharashtra on Wednesday while the Met department warned of a "moderate heat wave" in some parts. "The sudden rise in temperature has claimed lives of two persons.. both were above 60 years. One is from Aurangabad while another is from Solapur district," Health Minister Deepak Sawant said. As per the India Meteorological Department, many districts in Maharashtra recorded maximum temperatures of 40° Celsius or above in the last two days.

 Maharashtra records 2 sunstroke deaths as IMD warns of moderate heat wave

Struggle for water in parched areas. AFP

"The Health Ministry has issued instructions to all the state-run hospitals to open centres for sunstroke patients. Government-run hospitals, primary health centres and district health officers have been categorically asked to sensitise people about `heat therapy' and avoiding exposure to the scorching sun," Sawant said. Last summer nine persons had died in the state due to sunstroke, as per the government data.

IMD officials said this afternoon that North-Central Maharashtra will face "a moderate heat wave" for the next 48 hours. This area comprises Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Nashik and some districts from Marathwada. "We have issued an alert of the moderate heat wave for this region. It means the temperature during the day would be higher by 2-3 degrees Celsius than normal," V K Rajeev, director, IMD, western region, told PTI.

Northerly winds were pushing up the temperatures in Maharashtra, said K S Hosalikar, deputy director, IMD Mumbai. He added that "wind discontinuity" in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu could result in some showers in Marathwada on 1 and 2 April. Meanwhile, in Bhopal and Indore, two major cities of the state, all schools, government as well as private, would close before 12 noon in view of the heat wave.

This will be effective from 1 April. However, examinations would be held according to the previously declared schedules, the orders issued by Bhopal and Indore district collectors said.

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Updated Date: Mar 30, 2017 20:50:04 IST