Protests against power failure in UP, state reels under hot conditions

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Lucknow, June 7: Thousands protested power failure during an extreme heat wave across northern India, setting power sub-stations ablaze and holding power officials hostage after ransacking sub-stations, Uttar Pradesh's official sources said on Saturday.

A power sub-station was ransacked near Lucknow on Friday and several workers were taken hostage until the police intervened to free them. In Gonda and Gorakhpur, power substations were set on fire.

North India was reeling under extreme heat conditions

Temperature continued to soar in Lucknow while Allahabad was reeling under the maximum temperature of over 48 degrees Celsius. Banda was close second with the mercury crossing 47 degrees.

The Met department said the heat will continue in the coming few days as there are no chances of rain soon.

The national capital, too, was reeling under extreme hot conditions. Palam registered 47.2 degrees, its highest June temperature since 1995.

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