Sunsari woman dies of ‘sun stroke’

  • Tarai finds no respite from heatwave
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 3, 2015-

Sajana Chaudhary, 50, died of apparent heat stroke in Itahari Bazaar in Sunsari district on Wednesday afternoon, police said. A vegetable vendor, Chaudhary was pulling a cart laden with potatoes during a midday sun when she collapsed. She died shortly after.

Heatwave sweeping across the Tarai has affected the daily life. . Labourers, drivers, daily wage workers and homeless people have been hit hard. Hospitals in Chitwan have witnessed a surge in the number of patients suffering from heat-related illness such as headache, fever, dizziness and stomach-ache.

According to Manoj Yadav, chief of emergency department at Bharatpur Hospital, they have been receiving up to 70 patients suffering from heat-related illness on a daily basis.

Scorching temperature has also affected the life in eastern Tarai districts. Very few people venture outdoors during the afternoon.

According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD),  gradual weakening of the effect of western disturbance (rainfall bearing system) and the prevailing high pressure system in upper atmosphere in Central India marks the drier condition with the increase in temperatures in western and central Tarai districts for the next few days.

In the eastern Tarai districts, however, frequent thunderstorm activities is likely to prevent the significant increase in temperature.

On Wednesday, Dipayal and Nepalgunj recorded the highest day temperature at 42.6 degrees Celsius, followed by Dhangadi, Simara, Bhairahawa and Birendranagar measuring 40.7, 40, 39.8 and 39.3 degrees Celsius.

(With inputs from Biratnagar and Bharatpur bureau)

Published: 04-06-2015 07:28

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