Over 40,000 cases of suspected heatstroke in India

The unrelenting heatwave sweeping large parts of the country has claimed at least 110 lives and left over 40,000 people grappling with suspected heatstroke between March 1 and June 18 this year, Health ministry sources said on Thursday.

Uttar Pradesh is the worst-affected having reported 36 deaths followed by Bihar, Rajasthan and Odisha, according to the data compiled under the National Heat-Related Illness and Death Surveillance by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“The data visible may not be final submission from states. So the numbers are expected to be higher than this,” an official source said. According to the data, on June 18 alone there have been six deaths due to heatstroke.

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