May 21, 2010 1:26:16 am
Heat wave claimed four lives on Thursday as the state witnessed the hottest day of the season with mercury crossed the 47-degree Celsius mark.
Two persons died reportedly due to heat in Ahmedabad while as many deaths were reported from Bhavnagar.
In Ahmedabad,the Shaherkotda police said that Jitendra Chauhan (35),a resident of Saijpur,fell unconscious on Wednesday night while working in a factory at Hirawadi. He was taken to Bapunagar hospital where doctors said he had suffered a sun stroke. Chauhan died during treatment at the hospital on Thursday.
In another case in the city,a security guard working in Maninagar died due to heat stroke. The deceased,55-year-old Kanu Desai,was a native of Mehsana,and worked as a watchman in a commercial complex. Desai was taken to the Civil Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
On the other hand,two persons are reported to have died of heat at Sir Thakthsinhji Government Hospital in Bhavnagar.
The two deceased were identified as Kanti Vaghela(70),a resident of Sardarnagar,and 60-year-old Jayshree Chudasma,a resident of Shivnagar.
Meanwhile,Idar in Sabarkantha district recording the maximum temperature at 47.7 degrees Celsius. Apart from Idar,other parts of the state like north Gujarat,Saurashtra and central Gujarat also reeled under the heat wave,which according to the Meteorological department,is likely to stay for the next two days.
In north Gujarat,Deesa recorded the maximum temperature of 46.5 degrees Celsius. Ahmedabad recorded 45.6 degrees Celsius temperature while Gandhinagar recorded maximum temperature of 45.2 degrees Celsius.
In Saurashtra,Bhavnagar recorded the maximum temperature of 45.1 degrees Celsius with Bhuj and Rajkot recording maximum temperature of 44.8 and 44.7 degrees Celsius respectively.
In central Gujarat,both Vadodara and V V Nagar recorded the maximum temperature of 44.4 degrees Celsius. Indian Meteorogical Department officials in Ahmedabad said this was so far the worst heat wave condition of the season in the state .
According to them,the hottest day in the recorded history of Gujarat was marked in 1916. On May 27 that year,Rajkot had witnessed the maximum temperature of 47.9 degrees Celsius.
On the rise
Deesa: 46.5 degrees Celsius
Ahmedabad: 45.6 degrees Celsius
Gandhinagar: 45.2 degrees Celsius
Bhavnagar: 45.1 degrees Celsius
Bhuj: 44.8 degrees Celsius
Rajkot: 44.7 degrees Celsius
Vadodara: 44.4 degrees
V V Nagar: 44.4 degrees
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