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Some 50 heatwave victims across N. India - police

NEW DELHI, June 20 (KUNA) -- Fifty bodies have been recovered from different part of the Indian capital New Delhi who were possible victims of heatwave in the last 24 hours, the Indian police said.
The Press Trust of India said that the bodies of people belonging to underprivileged socioeconomic backgrounds were recovered as a heatwave swept through several north Indian states. However, there is no official confirmation that all these deaths were due to the heatwave. Meanwhile, a leading NGO in Delhi claimed that 192 people died due to heat-related incidents from June 11 to 19. Several hospitals across the capital also reported high numbers of cases admitted due to heatwave and sunstroke.
This came as the Indian Meteorological Department said that the capital city recorded a maximum temperature of 43.6 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and the night temperature in Delhi was the highest in June since 1969 at 35.2 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister J P Nadda reviewed the heatwave situation across the country and issued guidelines to the hospitals. He asked the central government hospitals to set up special heatwave units.
Several states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and Punjab are witnessing intense heat wave conditions and the resultant deaths and sunstroke cases. (end) atk.hb