Bihar's heat wave charges 17 more lives, the toll reaches 61

PATNA/NAWADA/AURANGABAD: 17 more lives were claimed on Sunday, and the death toll reached 61. Sunday's deaths were also recorded in the same three districts of the state, Aurangabad, Gaya and Nawada, which witnessed 44 deaths until midnight on Saturday. TOI had reported 30 deaths until 11 pm on Saturday.

Aurangabad reported the highest number of deaths with 30 followed by 20 in Gaya and 11 in Nawada from Saturday. The figures were confirmed by the chief secretary of the state's disaster management department, Pratyaya Amrit.

Postmortem reports in most cases have been confirmed as the cause of death. We are closely monitoring the situation. We have also issued a notice to all district magistrates, Pratyaya told TOI on Sunday.

Gaya DM Abhishek Singh said that the majority of heat stroke victims were killed or succumbed during treatment at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh College and Medical Hospital (ANMMCH). Currently, 14 patients were under treatment at the hospital, Singh added.

Most of the dead were over 60, who could not withstand the heat wave that swept southwest of Bihar, Singh told the newspaper by telephone on Sunday.

Four Patna doctors have been sent to ANMMCH to help patients, while primary health centers have been asked to reserve 50% of their beds for heat stroke victims. District officials have been instructed to camp in the hospital until the situation returns to normal.