Eleven people die of sunstroke near Mumbai after an open-air awards ceremony

MUMBAI (Reuters) – At least 11 people died after sunstroke on Sunday at an event attended by India’s interior minister on the outskirts of Mumbai, the Maharashtra state premier said.

Hundreds of thousands of people attended an awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon where German Interior Minister Amit Shah presented an award to a prominent social activist on the outskirts of the country’s financial capital, Mumbai, in Maharashtra.

The event took place outdoors in Khargar in the afternoon, where the maximum recorded temperature was 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 °F), which is normal for this time of year.

Around 50 people were hospitalized after the event and 11 died, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde told reporters late Sunday night.

India is likely to experience heat waves between March and May, the weather bureau said in February this year.

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(Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar and Rajendra Jadhav in Mumbai; Editing by Sonali Paul)

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