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Jun 20, 2007 at 11:39am IST

Summer 'heats' Vidarbha hard

Nagpur: Summers have just set in but the temperature in Vidarbha in Maharashtra has already crossed the 45 degree Celsius mark. And in some places it has gone well beyond 47 degrees.

The temperature for example, in Khamgaon is over 45 degrees centigrade, which is too hot for the farmers to work in the fields.

For a cotton farmer, Prahlad Aghadte, the soaring temperatures in this part of Maharashtra means that he has to stay home for most of the day. And it is a luxury that he would rather do without.

“Farmers can only work from 5:00 am to 9:00 am in the morning. Even the women are suffering from dizzy spells,” says Aghadte.

With the temperatures far above normal across Vidarbha, many are finding the summer too hot to handle.

A special heat stroke hospital in Nagpur has admitted a record 211 patients in April alone, with 78 of them being admitted in just the last two days.

“We have more patients this year in April because of the sharp rise in temperature,” says medical officer, Isolation Hospital, Sunil Diwakar Ghurade.

Meanwhile, the weatherman warns that the mercury could rise further.

Says Metrological Department, Director, Nagpur, PK Nandankar, “We are definitely going see more hotter days compared to April.”

So with every passing day, the mercury is recording a new high in Vidarbha, leaving people with limited options to beat the heat. And the long hours of power cuts is only adding more to the woes.

The heat wave hasn't claimed any lives in Vidarbha, but with temperatures set to rise further, the worst may be yet to come.