Heat stroke in India: MORE than 50 people die in three days

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More than 50 people have died in India over the past three days as brutal heat continues to grip parts of the country. 

HEAT STROKES IN INDIA

Around 33 people died in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh over the weekend due to the heatwave. 

In Odisha (Orissa) state, about 20 people died due to heat stroke, per ANI news agency.

Many of these deaths were reported on June 1 as India voted in the last phase of polling for its general election.

Those who died included people involved in the general election, including polling officials, security guards and sanitation staff.

NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM MARCH TO MAY

The federal health ministry says that there have been at least 56 confirmed heat strokes deaths from 1 March to 30 May. 

About 24,849 heatstroke cases were reported during the period. However, state-wise figures suggest the actual number could be much higher.

In Odisha, district authorities reported 99 suspected heat stroke deaths in the past 72 hours – of these, 20 cases have been confirmed, the state’s Special Relief Commissioner said in a statement.

In Uttar Pradesh, Navdeep Rinwa, chief electoral officer of the state, told reporters that the families of deceased election personnel would be given a monetary compensation of 1.5m rupees ($18,000; £14,000).

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PEOPLE ARE FAINTING

Mr Rinwa said that a man who was standing in the queue to vote fainted because of the heat. 

‘The voter was transported to a health facility, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival,’ he said. 

HEAT STROKES MORTALITY RATE

India’s National Centre for Disease Control calls heat strokes a ‘life-threatening’ condition with a mortality rate of 40-64%.

Several regions are experiencing severe water and electricity shortages due to a rise in power consumption.

Videos from capital Delhi show people jostling for water from water tankers.

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