Bengal reels under heat wave, 5 killed


Kolkata: At least five people have died in West Bengal today, as the state reeled under heat wave with the mercury crossing 40 degrees in several areas. A Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) employee died while working in office.

KMC Member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh said treasury department employee Moinuddin Ali had complained of uneasiness and chest pain during work and was later declared dead by a doctor.

In Barrackpore, in the northern fringes of the city, an under trial prisoner died in the court lock-up during the hearing of his bail plea.

Sriniketan in Birbhum district recorded 44.2 deg C, Bankura recorded 43.1 deg C, Asansol 42.8, Baharampur 42.2, Purulia 42, Burdwan 41 and Maldah’s maximum temperature stood at 40.1 degree C.