21-Year-Old College Student Dies of Suspected Sunstroke in Cuttack, Odisha

Tragic heatwave in Odisha claims lives: 21-year-old college student and 34-year-old man die of suspected sunstroke as temperatures soar, highlighting the urgent need for preventive measures.

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21-Year-Old College Student Dies of Suspected Sunstroke in Cuttack, Odisha

21-Year-Old College Student Dies of Suspected Sunstroke in Cuttack, Odisha

On April 20, 2024, Bhubaneswari Das, a 21-year-old college student, died of suspected sunstroke in Cuttack, Odisha, amid temperatures exceeding 40°C. Das, a resident of Kajidiha under Madhupatna police limits and a student at City College in Cuttack, fell ill after returning home from college around noon on Saturday. She was immediately taken to the SCB Hospital in Cuttack and admitted to the heatstroke ward.

According to hospital sources, Das's condition later deteriorated, and she was shifted to the ICU, where she succumbed during treatment. This incident marks the city's first suspected heatstroke death of the season, as Cuttack had been experiencing scorching temperatures over 40°C for the last couple of days. In the previous 24 hours, Cuttack had recorded temperatures over 41°C, which was 32.2°C above normal.

Why this matters: The death of Bhubaneswari Das highlights the severe impact of the ongoing heatwave in Odisha and the need for preventive measures to protect vulnerable populations. As temperatures continue to soar, the risk of heat-related illnesses and fatalities increases, making it critical for authorities to take proactive steps to mitigate the effects of extreme heat on public health.

In a separate incident on the same day, another individual, Santosh Jena (34), collapsed and died while returning home on his motorcycle in Jajpur district. While the official causes of death for both Das and Jena await confirmation, heatstroke is strongly suspected as Odisha has been experiencing a scorching heatwave for the past five days, with temperatures reaching as high as 44.3°C in Boudh.

The state government had earlier confirmed the season's first sunstroke death of a 62-year-old man in Balasore district on April 15. More than 70 cases of heat-related illnesses have been reported across Odisha, with the highest number, 35, from Sundargarh district. The authorities are yet to confirm and attribute the recent deaths in Cuttack and Jajpur to sunstroke officially.

As the heatwave continues to grip Odisha, the state government and health authorities are urging citizens to take necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. People are advised to stay hydrated, avoid direct exposure to the sun during peak hours, and seek medical attention if they experience symptoms of heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

Key Takeaways

  • 21-year-old Bhubaneswari Das died of suspected sunstroke in Cuttack, Odisha.
  • Temperatures exceeded 40°C, with Cuttack recording over 41°C, 32.2°C above normal.
  • Another individual, Santosh Jena (34), also died of possible sunstroke in Jajpur.
  • Odisha has reported over 70 cases of heat-related illnesses, with 35 in Sundargarh.
  • Authorities urge citizens to take precautions against heat-related illnesses during heatwave.