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Friday fury: Heat wave claims five lives in Ahmedabad,two in Vadodara

Two heat stroke related deaths were reported in the city on Friday as the mercury touched the 45 degree Celsius mark.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara |
May 22, 2010 2:39:40 am

Two heat stroke related deaths were reported in the city on Friday as the mercury touched the 45 degree Celsius mark.

One Raman Rana (50) was found unconscious near Adanya Pul near Fatehpura around 2:30 pm and declared dead three hours later at SSG Hospital. “He was rushed to SSG Hospital where he later died,” said a police officer at the Raopura police station.

In the second incident,a 45-year-old unidentified woman was found unconscious around noon and rushed to a city hospital. She died around 5 pm. A case has been registered at the city police station.

Elsewhere,the 108 emergency service received over 15 emergency calls from across the district. “We have had six emergency calls from the city and nine from the rural areas of Vadodara — all heat stroke related,” said Dhruv Joshi,District Manager,108 EMRI.

Meanwhile,in Naswadi taluka,two children aged five and seven were reported dead on Thursday. They were admitted to a private hospital in Naswadi. Both had reportedly have suffered heat stroke.

Vijay Birla,Epidemic Medical Officer,Vadodara,said: “We are aware of the deaths,but have not yet received any medical reports from the private hospital where they were admitted.”

AHMEDABAD: FIVE deaths were reported in the city on Friday,taking the total number of heatstroke related casualties to eight.

The 108 Emergency Response Services responded to 180 medical emergencies,most from the Walled City area. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) confirmed five deaths due to heatstroke on Friday.

Dr Bhavin Solanki,Medical Officer-in-charge,AMC,said: “Eight deaths have been reported in Ahmedabad since May 20; five of them happened today. Meera Damani (75) and an unidentified man died of heatstroke at Shardaben Hospital.

Three others – Ramanbhai Vaghela (45) from Behrampura,Mohammad Yunus Memon (62) from Kalupur and Mohammad Shaikh (71) from Sarkhej died at the V S Hospital.” On Thursday,three persons had died of heatstroke in the city. Abdul Shaikh (50) from Dariyapur and Rafik Bashir (45) died at V S Hospital. One Mohammad Mansoori (38) from Rakhiyal area also died the same day. 108 EMRI Regional Manager,Operations,J S Gupta said: “More than 180 emergency cases due of heatstroke have been reported from Ahmedabad city. EMRI has admitted patients to V S Hospital,Shardaben Hospital and L G Hospital. Most of the patients are from the Walled City area. The patients have complained of convulsions,vomiting and diarrhoea.”

He added: “Around 220 emergency cases have been reported in the state. We have to segregate the information district-wise and need to ascertain if they are related to the heat wave conditions.”

Meanwhile,AMC officials said that they are issuing a public appeal and asking citizens to consume more fluid and wear cotton clothes as a precautionary measure.

Ahmedabad Collector Hareet Shukla said: “The situation in the rural areas of the district is under control. No heat-related deaths have been reported from there.”

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