The blistering heat has gripped entire Vidarbha region with mercury soaring to 43.6 degree Celsius in Nagpur on Wednesday. Bramhapuri was the hottest place in the region with 44.2 degree Celsius, followed by Chandrapur, which reeled at 43.8 degree Celsius.
According to met department, mercury soar by 1.2 notches on Wednesday in Bramhapuri, making people weary. The maximum temperature was 4.7 notches above the normal temperature in the first two weeks of April.
In Nagpur too, the maximum temperature was 4 degree Celsius above the normal temperature, despite a 0.5 degree Celsius dip in the last 24 hours.
Even in the nights people are experiencing hot breeze across the region. Day was hot right from 8 am and afternoon hours were unbearable. The worst sufferers were the daily wage labourers and vendors, who bear the brunt of the blazing sun.
Women too were confined to their homes as roads remained empty between 12 noon and 3 pm.
Meanwhile, there is a difference of almost 20 degree between the minimum and maximum temperature which too has led to spread of infection like cold and cough, especially among children. Doctors have advised people to drink water in sufficient quantity to avoid dehydration and eat fresh food.
Meanwhile, special 10-bed cold wards have been set up at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (Mayo) for the sunstroke patients. The cold wards would go operational from April 15. Currently, the coolers in these wards are undergoing refit.