Maharashtra: Heat wave claims first victim in Nagpur

MUMBAI(PTI): Notorious for being one of the hottest places in India, Nagpur saw its first victim of soaring temperatures on Friday afternoon.

33-year-old Mangesh Kavane was a native of Besa and used to drive an autorickshaw in Manewada. He was participating in a Ram Navmi event organised in the area. Around 2 pm, while serving drinks, he reportedly fainted and collapsed on the ground. Suspecting it to be a case of heat stroke, friends took him to a nearby hospital. However, he succumbed to death around 4 pm during treatment.

The mercury touched 44.2 degrees Celsius in Nagpur district on Friday, while the neighbouring district Wardha registered 45 degrees Celsius on the scale.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department warning, Vidarbha will face a heat wave at isolated places. The weather forecast also suggests the same condition to prevail for the next 15 days.