Delhi Sees 17 Heat-related Deaths In 24 Hours – News18

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Hospitals in Delhi have seen a rise in the number of casualties and patients owing to heatstroke.
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Hospitals in Delhi have seen a rise in the number of casualties and patients owing to heatstroke.
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Delhi has been battling searing heatwave conditions over the last few days. It got some relief on Thursday morning due to light rain

A total of 17 fatalities due to suspected heat-related illnesses have been recorded at Delhi’s RML and Safdarjung hospitals in the last 24 hours, officials said on Thursday.

Delhi has been battling searing heatwave conditions over the last few days. It got some relief on Thursday morning due to light rain.

Hospitals in Delhi have seen a rise in the number of casualties and patients owing to heatstroke.

According to officials at the Safdarjung Hospital, 33 patients suffering from heat-related illnesses were admitted. Of them 13 died in the last 24 hours, they said.

The Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital received 22 patients with a suspected heatstroke in the last 24 hours out of which four have died, a hospital source said.

Meanwhile, at the city’s main crematorium — Nigambodh Ghat — the number of cremations has seen a spike. Officials, however, could not confirm if the deaths were related to heatstrokes.

On Wednesday, 142 corpses were brought to the Nigambodh Ghat for cremation, which is nearly 136 percentage points higher than the daily average of 50-60 bodies, Suman Gupta, general secretary of the Nigambodh Ghat Sanchalan Samiti, which manages operations at the crematorium, told PTI.

The number was higher on Tuesday as well when 97 bodies were cremated at the city’s oldest and largest crematorium.

“Usually, around 50-60 bodies are brought in here daily for cremation. The number has been higher in the last few days. Today, 35 cremations have taken place since morning and the number may go up by the end of the day,” Gupta said.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)