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Howrah / Bankura: The on-going heat wave in south Bengal has claimed two people. This is the first instance of heat wave deaths in Bengal this season.

The first death was reported from Howrah. At Uluberia Truck Terminus a lorry driver named Kanai Deo Singh died of sunstroke. His body was found over a heap of freight that was loaded for transportation.

Kanai was a native of Uttar Pradesh and used to live at Khiderpore in Kolkata in connection with his profession. He had left his Khiderpore rented house on Monday evening.

The second death occurred at Bankura. There, a wage earner named Tarapada Majhi succumbed to sunstroke. He was working under the sizzling sun in a project funded by the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, popularly known as the 100 days job scheme.

This happened on a day the maximum temperature in Bankura was recorded at 41.8 degree Celsius, up by four notches than normal.