Haetwave: Heat wave in many parts of India kills 54 people, dust storm likely in Delhi and adjoining areas

At least 54 people have died as intense heatwaves continue to lash central, eastern and northern India and many places, including Delhi, recorded maximum temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius. Dust storms are forecast over Uttar Pradesh between May 31 and June 1 and over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi on May 31. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), very light/light rain accompanied with thunderstorms and lightning was predicted over the plains of northwest India between May 31 and June 2.

On Thursday, Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius, 5.2 degrees above normal. This happened a day after the national capital recorded its highest temperature in 79 years at 46.8 degrees Celsius, according to IMD data. 32 people died in Bihar due to heat wave – 17 in Aurangabad, six in Ara, three each in Gaya and Rohtas, two in Buxar and one in Patna. 10 people died in Odisha’s Rourkela. Five people each died in Jharkhand’s Palamu and Rajasthan, while one died in Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur.

Earlier, a 40-year-old man from Bihar’s Darbhanga died of heat stroke in Delhi. He died due to multiple organ failure after his body temperature soared to 108 degrees Fahrenheit, nearly 10 degrees above normal. The IMD said that on Thursday, the maximum temperature was recorded in the range of 45-48 degrees Celsius in several parts of Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, East Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha.

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