With two more deaths in the state caused by sunstrokes, the death toll in the state due to prevailing weather conditions has reached 18, of which six have been reported from Burdwan in the last three days.
One Rustam Sheikh from Bhatar in Burdwan and another unidentified person of Garbeta, West Midnapore reportedly died on Sunday due to heat wave. Rustam, a mason by profession, was working in an open space inside a ferro-steel factory when he collapsed. He was taken to the Burdwan Medical College where he was declared brought dead.
Another man, 54-year old Sanatan Modakman, died in Garbeta near a local market but it is yet to be confirmed if either of the two deaths was triggered by sun stroke.
State health officials, however, have put the statewide death toll at three. “Not all the deaths, including the Burdwan death which has been reported today, have been confirmed to have been caused owing to sunstrokes. There have been three confirmed deaths because of heatstroke,” said Biswaranjan Satapathy, director, West Bengal health services.
Nine persons were reported dead due to heat wave on Friday, while seven such deaths were reported on Saturday.
Officials of the weather department said there will be no respite from the scorching heat for at least another 48 hours.
Normal life was hit throughout the state due to the heat wave conditions with Bankura recording the highest temperature at 42.1 °C followed by Sriniketan in Birbhum district at 41.1 °C. The industrial town of Asansol in Burdwan district recorded 40.1°C followed by Burdwan at 39.8, Baharampur 37.6 and Malda 33.6 °C, an IMD report said.
The maximum and minimum temperature recorded in Kolkata was 37.1°C and 30.2°C respectively, while the maximum and minimum relative humidity was 84 per cent and 59 per cent, respectively.
“The heat wave-like condition will continue in the western part of the state for the next three days. The region has been witnessing a temperature of around 43-44°C and there is no hope for a change in the present weather condition for another 48 hours,” said G K Das, a senior official at the Alipore Meteorological Department.
Meanwhile, latest RADAR observation indicated thundershower accompanied with squall and hail with maximum wind speed reaching between 50 and 60 kph could likely lash some parts of the districts of Murshidabad, Birbhum, Burdwan, Bankura and Hoogly this evening, IMD sources added.
Das added that although there had been some spells of rain and thunderstorms at some places in north Bengal but it was too early to forecast the onset of monsoon in the state.
Doctors said the most effective way to beat the heat is to consume plenty of water. “A normal person should consume at 4-5 litres of water everyday and avoid ice cream and cold drinks or chilled water. One should cool down in a normal place after coming from the sun and get adjusted to the room temperature, before entering an air-conditioned room or going out from one. One should avoid taking a shower immediately after coming from the Sun,” said Dr Arun Chowdhury. He said people who go out should carry umbrellas and water bottles.