Lucknow, June 11: The heatwave in North India has turned fatal with the combined death toll climbing to nearly 50. Four more casualties were reported on Monday, as four people onboard the Kerala Express died in Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi. Due to unbearable heat in the train, the four commuters went unconscious.
While three of them died on the spot after complaining of breathlessness, the fourth victim passed away after being brought to the nearest hospital in Jhansi. Delhi Sizzles at 48 Degree Celsius Today, Records Highest Ever Temperature in History: IMD
The exact cause of death is yet to be determined, but Indian Railway spokesperson Ajit Kumar told news agency AFP that "heat seems to be a factor".
Passengers onboard said the deceased had boarded the train from Agra and were expected to get down in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore. They were travelling in non-AC compartment. One of them was 81-year-old.
Meanwhile, no immediate respite from the heatwave is in sight in North India. The temperature is expected to soar for the next few days, before the arrival of Monsoon.
The rain-laden Southwest Monsoon winds, which reached Kerala on June 8, is expected to hit Delhi by June 29, as per the IMD. However, private weather forecasters have predicted the rainfall season to arrive in the national capital territory in the first week of July.