NEW DELHI: At least five persons died due to heatstroke in India’s capital city and nearly 14 others died in the neighbouring city of Noida over the past 72 hours, forcing the federal government to issue an advisory to government hospitals to prioritise heatstroke patients’ treatment.

Besides, more than 60 patients suffering from heatstroke were admitted at various hospitals. Most of them were said to be labourers, or those aged above 65 years, said Xinhua.

Delhi and nearby areas have been witnessing intense heatwave conditions over the past few days, with the mercury hovering around 45 degree Celsius during daytime.

Meanwhile, according to a report by private news agency ANI, flights operations at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport were adversely affected due to hot weather.