Four passengers die in ‘unbearable’ heat on Indian train

12 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

NEW DELHI: Four people died in ‘unbearable’ heat while travelling by train in northern India, which has been in the grip of a heatwave for two weeks, officials and passengers said Tuesday, reports AFP.

The four died Monday while travelling from Agra—the city of the Taj Mahal—to Coimbatore in the country’s south.

“Heat seems to be a factor,” Indian Railways spokesman Ajit Kumar Singh told AFP, “it is really unfortunate”.

“When the train was approaching Jhansi, we got a call from the on-board staff that one of the passengers is unconscious,” Singh said.

“We rushed medical staff to the station but they found that three of the passengers were already dead.”

A fourth person died later in hospital.