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Heatstroke claims first victim as city sizzles,power demand at a new high

In what could be the first death due to heatstroke in the city this summer,a 26-year-old man died at the AIIMS Trauma Centre on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 2, 2012 12:29:51 am

In what could be the first death due to heatstroke in the city this summer,a 26-year-old man died at the AIIMS Trauma Centre on Friday.

Surinder Singh was found unconscious at a bus stop near Khanpur around 12.40 pm on Thursday by police. He was rushed to AIIMS Trauma Centre. A resident of Sangam Vihar,Singh was reportedly coming to the hospital for a job interview for the post of a security guard.

“The patient was unconscious and in a state of shock. Despite all attempts to revive him,he died in the Emergency ward. Prima facie,it appears to be a case of heatstroke,” Dr M C Misra,Chief of AIIMS Trauma Centre,told Newsline.

Misra said there were no external or internal injuries on Singh’s body and forensic examination confirmed there was no alcohol consumption or poison in his viscera. “He was a healthy man. So there is no other reason we can attribute to his death,” he said.

Doctors have sent his tissue samples to Forensic Science Laboratory in Rohini to confirm the cause of death.

Meanwhile,weather conditions in the city worsened with the minimum temperatures in parts of NCR inching close to 35 degrees Celsius — this season’s highest recorded minimum. According to Met officials,the minimum temperature was seven degrees above normal at 34.3 degrees Celsius.

The maximum was 44.4 degrees Celsius,four degrees above normal. Palam and Ayaynagar meteorological stations recorded 46 and 45.8 degrees Celsius,respectively on Friday.

On Thursday,temperatures in the city had risen to 46.5 degrees while the minimum recorded was 31.2 degrees Celsius.

The weatherman has predicted that the maximum temperature may come down to 43 degrees Celsius over the weekend and the minimum could be around 32 degrees Celsius. “It could be a partly cloudy sky tomorrow. There could be dust haze,dust storm or thunderstorm towards evening or night,” a Met official said.

Meanwhile,the power demand in the city broke previous records and touched a peak demand of 5,178 MW. Power officials said the demand in the city has been increasing at a rate of eight per cent in the last few years and is likely to touch 5,500 MW this summer.

Several parts of the city continued to face power outages lasting for hours owing to load shedding.

Power department officials claimed that though the city has sufficient power to cater to the increasing demand,tripping of electrical lines led to long outages.

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