Heatwave rages in Bihar, claims 25 lives in Aurangabad district

Patna: At least 25 people have lost their lives due to the scorching heat in Bihar’s Aurangabad district with the doctors expressing fear of an increase in death toll as the temperature continues to surge in the state.
The deaths due to the heatwave in the district were confirmed by district surgeon Doctor Surendra Prasad Singh. “All of them (dead) were suffering from high-temperature fever,” Singh said.
Further, there are death reports from Gaya district as well, with at least 12 having lost their lives due to heat stroke. “Out of the 12, 7 were from Gaya, 2 from Aurangabad, 1 from Chatra, 1 from Sheikhpura and 1 from Nawada. 25 patients are admitted here, efforts on to bring them back to normalcy,” Gaya District Magistrate told ANI.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased and has directed all district magistrates to take precautionary measures in the wake of severe heatwave condition in the state.
This has come as the state continues to reel under deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). So far 77 people have died alone in Muzaffarpur area. Of these 77, 66 people lost their lives at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital while the others at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital. Rs 4 lakh compensation has been announced for next to the kin as well.
Heat persists in Delhi as well with the maximum temperature of 43.4 degrees Celsius expected on Sunday. The meteorological department has, however, forecast dust storm and very light rains in the national capital, which might bring the mercury down a little.
As for Himachal, a yellow weather warning has been issued by the India Meteorological Departement for the next couple of days.

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