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Another death due to heat stroke reported

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — One new death due to heat stroke was reported this week, bringing the number of heat-related deaths to two, said the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma).

Based on a brief report on the hot weather status yesterday, the new death on April 1 was that of a three-year-old child in Kelantan.

The first death was on February 2 of a 22-year-old individual in Pahang.

As of Wednesday (April 3), the cumulative number of cases of heat-related illnesses increased to 37, with 10 cases of heat stroke, heat exhaustion (26), and heat convulsions (one).

Perak and Kedah recorded eight cases each, Johor (five), Negeri Sembilan (four), Sabah (four), Selangor (three), Perlis (two), and one case each in Pahang, Penang, and Kelantan.

“There are two cases that are still undergoing treatment in the hospital, one a heat stroke at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and another, a heat exhaustion case in a normal ward,” it said, citing the Health Ministry as the source.

On water level in dams, Nadma said the National Water Service Commission has determined that as of yesterday, six dams showed water storage reserves at warning levels. with three in Kedah.

They include the Muda Dam (39.12 per cent), the Malut Dam (35.70 per cent), and the BS Padang Saga Dam (41.29 per cent).

The other dams include the Sembrong Barat Dam in Johor (31.51 per cent), the Air Hitam Dam in Penang (34.60 per cent), and the Timah Tasoh Dam in Perlis (56.46 per cent).

Nadma also cited the Drainage and Irrigation Department’s drought forecasts for two river basins on April 1, including the Muda River Basin in Kedah and the Kelantan River Basin in Kelantan.

The Department of Environment (DOE) reported three areas with unhealthy air quality for the period from April 1 to yesterday, including Kimanis in Sabah, and Balok Baru in Kuantan and Rompin, both in Pahang.

— Bernama

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