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Heat wave kills more than 50 people in Bihar on a single day, govt announces compensation

Heat wave strike in three southern districts of Bihar on Saturday

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PATNA: Heat wave has killed more than 50 people in Bihar on a single day, causing panic among the villagers.

This is perhaps for the first time that the heat wave has claimed so many lives on a single day in the state.

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Media reports quoting official sources said 30 people were killed in Aurangabad, 17 in Gaya and five in Nawada districts, all the districts falling under the Magadh Division, on Saturday.

“Around 27 people have died so far but the toll may go up further. All have died due to heat stroke and heat waves,” Aurangabad civil surgeon Dr Surendra Prasad Singh told the local media on Sunday.

Bihar health secretary Sanjay Kumar, however, told a local Hindi newspaper that there were reports of 30 people dying due to heat waves in Aurangabad district alone.

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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over death of people due to heat stroke and announced a compensation of Rs4 lakh to each victim family.

The soaring temperature has, as such, caused panic among the masses.

Patna which is the capital of Bihar state recorded the maximum day’s temperature of 45.8 degree Celsius on Saturday which is the highest in the past 53 years.

Gaya, the other prominent town of Bihar, recorded the maximum temperature of 45.2 whereas Aurangabad recorded the maximum temperature of 44 degree Celsius. Bhagalpur recorded 41.5 degree Celsius.

Keeping in view the severity of the situation, all schools in Patna have been shut down till June 19.

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