Sunday, May 20, 2012
Searing Summer Claims it First Toll
MALDA, 15 MAY: Malda heat takes its first toll when a police man collapsed in sun stroke. 53 year old Kshitish Mandal police man who was on duty to control traffic at busy Sukanta Crossing of English Bazaar reportedly died of performing duty amid soaring heat as his family claimed.
Lekha Mandal, his wife said, “Yesterday, he went out for duty at 9 am and returned home at night. He was posted at Sukanta More. Returning home at night he said that he was feeling sick. Having his meager meal he went to bed. But the condition was deteriorating and was taken to hospital.” He succumbed to his ailment around 2.30 am. Mandal’s colleagues like Mantu Mahato, Krishna Adhikary and others claimed that he died of sun stroke.
Meanwhile, the level of mercury touched 43.1 degree Celsius at Malda and the dry spell continued. TK das of Metrology department said, “If the temperature is higher by 2—5 degree than normal the fall of humidity in air has worsened the situation. In place of 30% the humidity has dipped into 18% which has made the weather unbearably dry.” Mr Das observed there is no immediate hope of respite from this scorching heat.
Despite the state government’s directive many of the district schools were not closed today. The school authorities cited the lack of any clear instruction from district inspector of schools and their scheduled tests and other programmes of the schools for continuing. However, number of schools shifted their usual time to morning to avoid heat.