Scorching heat claimed lives of at least 25 people in Aurangabad district of Bihar on Saturday.
Aurangabad civil surgeon Dr Surendra Prasad Singh confirmed that at least 25 people died due to heatwave in the district. He said that the toll could further rise as number of patients being admitted in the hospital with related cases was increasing.
Many people were undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the district. "All of them (dead) were suffering from high-temperature fever," said Singh
Chief minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the deaths due to heat and announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased. He also directed all district magistrates to take precautionary measures in the wake of severe heatwave condition in the state.
Meanwhile, Aurangabad Sub-division officer Pradeep Kumar and Sub-Divisional Police Officer Anoop Kumar reached the district hospital with the forces to tackle any with untoward incident.
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