Ranchi/Dumka: Four persons died of heat stroke in Dumka district as heat wave swept Jharkhand with the steel city Bokaro and coal city Dhanbad recording the season’s highest at 46.1 and 45.8 degree Celsius respectively, official sources said. With this the total number of deaths due to heat stroke has risen to five in Jharkhand. One person had died in Latehar last week, the sources said.

“Assistant Sub-inspector Omkar Nath Jha and basic health worker Raj Kumar Gupta died of heat stroke in Dumka district’s Khijruan and Ambha villages respectively while they were on panchayat bypoll duty today,” Dumka Superintendent of Police Hemant Toppo said here.

Dumka District Public Relations Officer Vijay Kumar said a government employee, Murli K Ghosh died of heat stroke on Sunday when he went to Sareiya haat village to conduct the panchayat bypoll slated on Monday.

Dumka District Superintendent of Education Shiv Prasad Das said school teacher Parasuram Nayak of Upgraded Primary School, Dhudhiani, died of heat stroke on Sunday.

Temperatures in Dumka, which has recorded 45 degrees on Monday, hovered between 41 and 45 degree C for the last two weeks.

Searing temperatures were also recorded at Garhwa (45 degrees C), Palamau (44.6), Jamshedpur (44.4), Latehar (44.2), Lohardaga (44.2), West Singhbhum (43.8), Gumla (41), Hazaribagh (41) and Ranchi (40.8), MeT office said, and forecast that the heat wave conditions in some parts of the state would continue for the next 24 hours.

(Agencies)

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