Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The heat wave sweeping the Capital has claimed nine lives in South Delhi during the past 24 hours.

According to the police, three bodies were found in Lajpat Nagar, two in Kalkaji and one each in Okhla, Badarpur, Sangam Vihar and Sriniwaspuri. Three of the dead have been identified as G. L. Mehta (Lajpat Nagar), Rajesh (Okhla) and Ram Babu (Badarpur). Most of them were homeless labourers, the police said.

Earlier, a young inmate of Tihar Central Jail, Amit, died apparently of dehydration.

According to a news agency report, a total of 19 people have lost their lives due to the heat wave in the Capital so far this summer.

On Monday, the maximum temperature in Delhi was 41.1 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature was 31.5 degrees. What made matters worse for the citizens was high humidity and low power and water supply. The Met Department has forecast that dust storms and thunderstorms in the next couple of days might bring the temperature down. "The maximum temperature in Delhi is expected to hover around 40 degrees Celsius on Tuesday," said the weatherman.

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