Heat wave in Bihar claims 17 more lives increasing death toll to 61, no relief anytime soon

June 17, 2019 5:28 PM |

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The state of Bihar has been reeling under heat wave conditions for the last many days. In fact, hot weather with high humidity level has been a deadly combination for the residents lately.

Yesterday, Patna in Bihar recorded its maximum at sizzling 45℃, which was above normal by 8 degree Celsius. Gaya recorded its day temperatures at 44.4℃, above normal by 7 degrees, while Chapra recorded its maximums at 42.8℃, again above normal by 7 degree Celsius.

The breaking news is, heat wave in Bihar claimed 17 more lives on Sunday, thus raising the death toll to 61. These deaths have been reported from mainly three districts of the state i.e Aurangabad, Nawada and Gaya, that had reported 44 fatalities till Saturday midnight.

Since Saturday, the highest number of deaths have been recorded from Aurangabad at 30. Then comes 20 from Gaya and 11 from Nawada. These figures have been provided by the state disaster management department. Most of the postmortem reports have blamed heat wave, as the cause of deaths. Majority of these deaths included those who are above 60 years, who couldn’t battle the heat wave conditions that gripped Southwest Bihar, on Sunday.

According to our weathermen, pre-Monsoon rains have remained almost absent from the entire state. The state had witnessed only few showers and that too remained confined to few places such as Bhagalpur, Purnea, Araria and Supaul.

On the other hand, western and southern districts of the state including Patna, Gaya and Nawada had remained mostly dry, barring one or two occasional showers. Other than this, no good rains have been recorded over the state right from mid of May until now.

Thus, in the absence of significant rains, temperatures are on a continuous rise, wherein Mercury is still near 45 degree mark in Patna and Bihar. Moreover, due to dry weather and easterlies from West Bengal, humidity levels have been significantly increased. Most places are under the grip of severe heat wave conditions, at present.

Usually, Monsoon covers half of Bihar until June 15. However, until now, it has only made its presence felt over the northern parts of West Bengal. The delay can be attributed to the slow progress of Monsoon in South India.

According to our meteorologists, Monsoon would take some more time to reach the state of Bihar. Until then, the residents have to battle hot weather conditions with high humidity levels.

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