People suffered from heat stroke on Sunday after attending the Maharashtra Bhushan awards programme at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai. The Maharashtra Bhushan Award programme was organised by the state government to honour a social activist and reformer Dattatreya Narayan Dharmadhikari popularly known as Appasaheb Dharmadhikari. The program was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah who conferred the Maharashtra Bhushan award to Appasaheb.
The award ceremony took place till 2pm which led to death of more than 10 people and number of people suffered from heat stroke. Those who suffered were rushed to different hospitals in Navi Mumbai depending on the level of their health seriousness.
This heat backfired BJP government’s arrangements for such an event. Checkout some people reactions on social media:
This is how CM Eknath Shinde reacted to the situation:
“It’s a sad and unfortunate event that some have become ill due to sun stroke. We are ensuring that they get the best care. I have been told by doctors that around 7 to 8 people have died due to this which involves women too. I express my condolences to their families. We will take care of the medical expenses of those who are undertaking treatment.” said Shinde. He also announced Rs 5 lakh for those families who have lost their members in this tragic incident.
The Congress spokesperson criticized the government for organizing this event without tents and shades during summer season where lakh of people were expected. Atul Londhe the Congress spokesperson said, “They (state government) should not have held such a grand programme when there was such a heat wave. The programme was not organised well by the state.”
Here are some precautionary steps to deal with Heat Stroke situation tweeted by medical practicioners: