Guwahati: The mortal remains of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) jawan Ananta Baruah, who allegedly died due to heat stroke in Alwar, Rajasthan, were consigned to flames in the presence of villagers, people representing various organisations, senior defence officials, among others, at his native place at Rangpuriya village in Assam’s Lakhimpur district on Friday.
Earlier in the day, his body was taken to his native place via a special flight from Rajasthan and people offered floral tributes to the departed soul.
Baruah reportedly died on Wednesday while participating in a refresher training. He is reported to have breathed his last due to ailments he had suffered due to the scorching heat in that state at present.
Son of Purandar Baruah and Phuleswari Baruah, the jawan was feeling uneasy after his physical training in the morning that day. Although he was immediately shifted to the nearest hospital, he breathed his last while undergoing treatment. He is survived by his parents, wife and two sons along with a host of relatives.
He joined the 32 Battalion of SSB on November 20, 2002 at Basar in Arunachal Pradesh.
At least 36 people have died this summer in one of country’s longest heat waves in recent history. Intense heat has scorched the country for more than 30 consecutive days, primarily in northern and central India. Temperatures reached 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit) in New Delhi on June 10 — the highest ever recorded in the national capital in June.
In Churu, in the western state of Rajasthan, temperatures exceeded 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees fahrenheit) on June 1.
A delayed monsoon has contributed to prolonged hot weather, arriving in southern India around June 8, seven days later than usual. Northern India is still waiting for its annual rains.
In Delhi, light rains and windy conditions brought a little respite from sweltering heat in some parts of north India on Thursday, though no major change in temperatures is expected till the weekend, according to the sources in India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Hot and dry weather prevailed with the IMD office predicting similar conditions in national capital for another two-three days.
Delhi recorded a high of 41.2 degrees Celsius on Thursday, two notches more than normal, and a low of 29 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels oscillated between 31 and 61 per cent, IMD sources added.
According to weather forecast report, issued by the IMD on Thursday, some parts of the Northeast, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura are likely to witness heavy rainfall with thunderstorm and lightning in next 96 hours.
Guwahati registered heavy downpour since early morning on Friday giving respite to city dwellers from the scorching heat. However, it brought a nightmare with a wave of flash flood disturbing the daily routine for all.
On Thursday, the city in Assam recorded the highest-ever June day (maximum) temperature in its meteorological history. The city recorded a day temperature of 39 degrees Celsius. This was 2.5 degrees above its normal day temperature for the period.
The previous record of the highest June day temperature of the city was 38.8 degrees Celsius. The city recorded that temperature on June 12, 2013.
On June 12, the city recorded a day temperature of 37.4 degrees Celsius, while on June 11, it recorded a day temperature of 34 degrees Celsius.