Bihar Battles Heatwaves | Heatstroke took the lives of 19 people amid rising temperatures in Bihar, IMD issued alert

Bihar Heatwave: At least 19 people have died due to scorching heat in Bihar, with temperatures soaring above 44 degrees Celsius. The death toll due to heatstroke has risen to 12 in Bihar’s Aurangabad, while four people, including an employee on election duty, died on Thursday (May 30) in Kaimur district and three people died due to scorching heat in Ara in Bihar’s Bhojpur district.

Dr. Sahil Raj, a doctor at Mohania subdivisional hospital in Kaimur, said that about 40 people came to the hospital on Thursday due to heatstroke. He said, “Two of these people, including a polling officer, came to me, who died due to heatstroke. 30 to 40 people, including police personnel, are being treated. Many people have been sent home after treatment, while others are undergoing treatment.”

Dr. Raj said that a colleague posted with him on duty told that Shahnawaz Khan, a teacher by profession, had returned home after election duty. Khan slept at home and eventually died. Three people died in Buxar, including a youth, who was found on the roadside in Sikraul police station area. Locals said that he died due to heat stroke. So far 19 people have died, three people have died in Nalanda. The deceased include a teacher, a home guard jawan and a farmer. The deceased home guard jawan has been identified as Ramesh Prasad (54), teacher Vijay Kumar Sinha and farmer Surendra Prasad. Three people, including a sub-inspector, have died due to heat stroke in Rohtas.

Three people died due to extreme heat in Bhojpur district. They have been identified as Chandrama Giri (80), Gupta Nath Sharma (60) and Keshav Prasad Singh (30). Two people died due to heatstroke in West Champaran, including a 40-year-old unidentified man and a 16-year-old teenager Golu. A tourist going to Nepal died due to heatstroke in Gopalganj. The deceased has been identified as Somnath Agra (60), a resident of Nashik in Maharashtra.

Head constable Nikku Ahuja, who had come from Arunachal Pradesh for election duty in Arwal, also died of heat stroke. An Anganwadi sahayika died of heat stroke in Sheikhpura, while another farmer died in Begusarai. Another person also died of heat stroke in Aurangabad. Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police Satish Kumar Ravi posted at Mohania police station said that they have sent four bodies of people who died of heat stroke at different places for post-mortem. Meanwhile, three people died due to severe heat stroke in Arrah in Bihar’s Bhojpur district.

Bhojpur District Magistrate Mahendra Kumar said, “Three people have been reported dead. One of them is a homeguard, who was brought to the hospital but could not be saved. Besides, a presiding officer was on duty in Jagdishpur. He was stabilised and then referred, but he died in the hospital. Another person, Rajesh Ram, fell unconscious.”

Medical team on alert in Bihar Talking about the precautions taken in the district amid scorching heat, Kumar said, “The temperature is very high today and heat wave is a challenge for us. We have kept the medical team on alert. If any polling personnel or police personnel faces any problem, he is being taken to hospital. Some people have recovered, but these three cases were unfortunate. Police and mobile medical teams in all hospitals are on alert. They will visit police residential areas.

If they complain, they will be brought to the heat wave ward in the municipal hospital.” On conducting elections amid the scorching heat in the district, Kumar said, “It is a challenge, but we have to conduct elections. The polling team carrying EVMs will have to take full care of the do’s and don’ts in the hot weather and will have to try their best to avoid going out in the sun and make the election process easier.”

Aurangabad Health Department officials said that the death toll due to severe heat in Aurangabad, Bihar has risen to 12, while more than 20 patients are admitted in various hospitals of the district. The Meteorological Department has issued a severe heat alert for the next two days in Bihar. The maximum temperature in most districts was more than 45 degrees Celsius.

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