Pradeep Pattanayak

An elderly man allegedly died due to sunstroke at Sahaspur village in Ganjam district on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Surendra Gouda.

As per reports, Surendra was grazing his buffaloes in a village farmland when he suddenly collapsed on the ground. Locals rescued him and rushed him to Aska Sub Divisional hospital in an ambulance. 

However, the doctors at the hospital declared him 'received dead.' On being informed, a team from Aska police reached the spot and seized the body for post-mortem. 

“While grazing buffalos, he collapsed on the ground. The villagers informed us about the incident. With the help of some villagers, we rushed him to hospital. The doctors declared him dead,” said Pitabasa Gouda, son of the deceased. 

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“He was brought dead. His relatives attribute his death to heatstroke. We are awaiting the post-mortem report to confirm the cause of death,” said Dr Deepak Samantaray, superintendent of Aska Sub Divisional Hospital.  

While several parts of Odisha are reeling under severe heat wave conditions, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday predicted that the maximum temperature is likely to rise by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius in several parts of Odisha during the next two days.

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