Two children die of dehydration in Bathinda
Chandigarh, May 14 (UNI) Two minor children fell victim to the heat wave in Bathinda in Punjab, where the maximum temperature reached a record 46.6 degrees Celsius.
Though the heat wave persisted in most parts of the North West region, there was however a slight fall of two to four degrees in maximum temperatures at most places. The temperature in Hisar fell by two degrees today and was recorded at 45.8 degrees, five degrees above normal.
Reports from Bathinda said that two children of Babiawali died due to dehydration at the civil hospital. The victims identified as nine year old Harinder alias Lovely and seven year old Ramandeep Kaur were rushed to the civil hospital after they started vommitting due to exposure to the sun. They died at the hospital later.
With these two deaths, the toll due to the heat wave in the region rose to seven. In Bathinda alone four deaths have been reported, while one death each has been reported from Amritsar, Phagwara and Hisar.
Elsewhere in Punjab the maximum temperatures registered a decline with Amritsar recording a maximum of 40.0 degrees, down by four degrees from yesterday. In Ludhiana the maximum fell by one degree and was recorded at 39.0 degrees, two degrees below normal while Patiala was warm at 38.5, one degree below normal.
The heat wave has delayed cotton sowing in the Malwa belt of Punjab as due to the frequent power cuts, the availability of tubewell water has decreased. Agricultural experts have advised farmers to delay cotton sowing and make maximum use of canal water for irrigation purposes.
In Haryana, too there was a fall in maximum tempertures at most places. Ambala recorded a high of 37.4 degrees, three degrees below normal while Karnala recorded a temperature of 37.2 degrees, two degrees below normal.
In Himachal Pradesh there was little change in the temperatures with capital town of Shimla showing 27.1 degrees, four degrees above normal while Sundernagar in Mandi district reported 35.0 degrees and Bhuntar in Kullu district 35.4, five degrees above normal.
Hot weather conditions persisted in Chandigarh and its adjoining areas with the city recording 36.0 degrees, two degrees below normal.
The weather office has predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers at few places in Himachal Pradesh and duststorm or thunderstorm with light to moderate rain at isolated places in Haryana and Punjab during the next 24 hours.
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