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Children worst hit by heat waves in Rajasthan

With scorching heat waves continuing to sweep Rajasthan, hospitals in Bikaner are handling several cases of heat stroke everyday, especially among children.

Bikaner (Rajasthan), May 2 : With scorching heat waves continuing to sweep Rajasthan, hospitals in Bikaner are handling several cases of heat stroke everyday, especially among children.

"Out of the 100 patients who come here everyday, 20-25 of them are children, suffering from heatstroke with a fever of 104 to 105 degree Fahrenheit," said Mahesh Sharma, Head of the Pediatrics Department, Satellite Hospital.

Shanta Devi, the mother of a girl suffering from heat stroke, said that it is difficult to keep the children from playing out of the blazing sun.

"My child is suffering from heart stroke. They do not listen to us and go out in the sun to play. She is not under medication as she is suffering from heatstroke," she said.

Doctors are advising people to stay indoors or use protective covering while stepping out and to increase intake of fluids.

Water and the juice kiosks on the roadside are cashing in on the situation as people try to survive the scorching sun.

"I am using this cloth to cover myself and prevent myself from getting sun burnt and sun stroke in this scorching heat," said Sanjay Sharma, a resident.

Most of north India is in the grip of a severe heat wave, with Punjab and Rajasthan recording temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.

Summers in India start early in April and continue till late June. The weather cools with the arrival of monsoons in July.

ANI

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