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Five dead in Delhi, 10 in Noida as brutal heatwave scorches North India

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The India Meteorological Department has warned that severe heatwave conditions are likely to persist across many parts of North India on Wednesday.

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According to a report from India Today, the recent severe heatwave has resulted in casualties, including five deaths in Delhi over the past 72 hours due to heatstroke. Victims succumbed to severe heatstroke at several hospitals, including Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Safdarjung Hospital, which each reported one fatality. In Noida, over 10 deaths were reported in the last day alone due to the extreme heat.

Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital has admitted approximately 36 patients affected by the heatwave, while Lok Nayak Hospital (LNJP) reported three deaths, including a car mechanic who passed away from heatstroke after being admitted with a high fever of 106 degrees Fahrenheit on June 15. LNJP has also admitted more than seven individuals with severe fevers, several of whom are on ventilators. Dr. Suresh Kumar, managing director of LNJP Hospital, highlighted that most affected individuals are over 60 years old, including laborers and rickshaw pullers, suffering from electrolyte imbalances, heatstroke, and extreme dehydration.

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Private hospitals and clinics in Delhi have witnessed a significant rise in cases of heatstroke, particularly among rickshaw pullers and daily wage laborers. Dr. Gaurav Kumar from Paharganj noted that cases have more than doubled in the past month alone.

The IMD’s forecast indicates that heatwave conditions are prevalent across Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, parts of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and north Madhya Pradesh. Isolated areas in northeast Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, northwest Rajasthan, northwest Madhya Pradesh, Gangetic West Bengal, and the Jammu division are also experiencing heatwave conditions.

However, there is some relief in sight as the IMD predicts that an approaching western disturbance is expected to gradually reduce the intensity of the heatwave across northwest India in the next 24 to 48 hours.

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