Heat wave claims a woman’s life in Orissa

April 13th, 2008 - 6:48 pm ICT by admin  

Keonjhar (Orissa), April 13 (IANS) A 40-year-old woman died of sunstroke in Orissa’s mineral rich Keonjhar district, an official said Sunday. Ramani Tanthi, a resident of Barahatipura, 35 km from here and some 180 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, had gone to the forest Saturday to collect Mahua flowers that are used for making country liquor.

“She returned home in the evening. She began vomiting and had headache. She died on way to the hospital,” her husband Raghaba Tanthi told IANS.

The police sent her body for post-mortem examination Sunday. “It was sunstroke that killed her,” said Abani Bhusan Jena, the doctor who conducted the autopsy.

Many areas of Orissa are in the grip of a heat wave as the mercury crossed the 40 degrees Celsius mark Saturday, an official of the Bhubaneswar meteorological office here said.

The maximum temperature was recorded in Cuttack city at 40.6 degrees Celsius. Keonjhar district recorded over 39 degrees Celsius temperature, he said.

The western Orissa town of Jharsuguda recorded 40.4 degrees Celsius and Cuttack saw the day’s high at 40.6 degrees Celsius.

Similarly, at least five towns recorded over 39 degrees Celsius temperature.

The weather trend is likely to continue in the coming days and the climate will remain dry in most parts of the state, he said.

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