Tuesday, June 6, 2017

10 Die in Uttar Pradesh, India, As Heat Wave Bakes the Region

Pam Wright
Published: June 6,2017

At least 10 people died within a 24-hour period in parts of Uttar Pradesh, India, after a heat wave settled over India and Pakistan this week, local officials said Tuesday.
According to the Hindustan Times, hospitals across the area are filled with patients suffering from heat stroke, with symptoms that include diarrhea, vomiting and high fever.
Officials said four people died in the Bundelkhand region, while six children died in the Avadh region from heat stroke. Dozens of others are being treated.
In Harwatand village, more than 120 people are suffering from food poison after eating tainted food spoiled by the heat.
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Indians reach to get a cold drink distributed by a roadside on hot summer day in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 5, 2017.
(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

"Portions of northern India and Pakistan are experiencing extreme heat that typically occurs each year prior to when monsoonal moisture moves in and provides some relief," said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. "Some locations in northern India have seen temperatures top 115 degrees early this week."
A maximum temperature of 115.5 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded in Mirzapur, in the state of Poorvanchal. Temperatures are hovering around 115 degrees Fahrenheit in Etawah, Mainpuri, Unnao, Kanpur, Lucknow, Fatehpur, Hardoi and Auraiyya.
It's been even hotter in Pakistan.
"In Sibi, Pakistan, highs have maxed out at 120 degrees or higher almost every day since late May," said Dolce. "That includes a high of 125.6 degrees in Sibi on May 27."
In 2015, more than 2,500 people died in Pakistan during a heat wave, CNN reported. Last year, hundreds of people died as much of India was hit by another heat wave with temperatures that topped 124 degrees Fahrenheit.
MORE: Heat Wave — India, Pakistan, June 2017

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