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Humidity & heat take toll on citizens

- Rain likely to hit city after 24 hours, says meteorological office

Bhubaneswar, April 22: The city reeled from heat wave with mercury rising to 41.2 degrees Celsius yesterday. Scorching sun, along with humidity, has made the climate unbearable for the city’s residents.

Yesterday, a women traffic constable became senseless on duty and was admitted at Capital Hospital.

Sources said nearly 10 people had visited the hospital since the last two days because of the unbearable heat conditions.

Similarly, the family members of a daily wage labourer, who died yesterday, said the death was caused because of heat stroke.

“Most of the cases are related with loss of fluid and complaints of feeling weak. They are being given primary treatment,” said a doctor at the hospital.

However, the hospital authorities denied the charges of death caused because of heat stroke.

“The person was brought dead. After getting the post-mortem report, we can tell whether the death was caused owing to sunstroke,” said chief medical officer of Capital Hospital Sudarshan Das.

As a result of extreme heat condition, a majority of denizens were forced to spend a greater part of the day indoors.

The market places and roads wore a deserted look in the afternoon.

“It has been very difficult since the last week. On the one hand, it is not raining and on the other, it’s hot even at night,” said Rajiv Das, a student.

Director of the Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, S.C. Sahu said the situation was likely to remain same for next 24 hours.

“Because of extreme temperature, cloud formation is not taking place, but it is likely that after 24 hours rain may occur,” said Sahu.

Earlier, the state government had asked the daily wage labourers operating in the capital city not to work between 11am and 3.30pm. However these norms are not being followed.

“The district labour department must take stringent actions against the violators,” said a trade activist in the city.

The doctors advised people to consume sufficient water and take precautionary measures to beat the heat.

“If someone feels uneasy, he should take rest under shade, and if the condition does not improve, the person should be immediately taken to the nearest hospital,” said deputy chief medical officer of Capital Hospital S.N. Swain. He added that the hospital was well prepared to deal with any incident of sunstroke.