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‘My speech started getting slurred…’: Doordarshan Anchor faints during live news reading during heat wave

An anchor from Doordarshan, Lopamudra Sinha, stationed at the Kolkata branch, fainted on live television on Sunday, April 21, while reporting on the ongoing heatwave that had gripped West Bengal. The incident, caught on camera, has raised concerns about working conditions for journalists and the impact of extreme weather on media professionals.

Sinha later took to Facebook to share her experience. She revealed that her blood pressure suddenly plummeted during the live broadcast, leading to her collapse. She said she felt unwell while reading a news report about the heatwave itself, experiencing dizziness and blurring vision before losing consciousness.

Sinha said she wasn’t feeling well before the broadcast, but tried to carry on after drinking a glass of water, hoping it would help. However, due to the nature of the broadcast, she was not given many opportunities to hydrate herself and was not able to drink water until later in the program.

As she continued with the news, Sinha’s condition worsened, resulting in a blackout during a segment discussing the heat wave. She explained how she gradually lost her eyesight while trying to stay calm during the broadcast.

“My speech started to sound slurred, and eventually I saw the teleprompter fade away,” Sinha said.

According to officials quoted in an India Today report, the heat wave is expected to continue in several districts including South and North 24 Parganas, Purba and Paschim Bardhaman, Purba and Paschim Medinipur, Purulia, Jhargram, Birbhum, Murshidabad and Bankura.

Moreover, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast ‘severe heat waves’ in isolated parts of Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal till April 22.

On Friday, maximum temperatures ranged from 42-44°C in Vidarbha, Marathwada and Rayalaseema, as well as in certain areas of Madhya Maharashtra, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, North Madhya Pradesh and Gangetic West Bengal.

Odisha recorded its first death due to heatstroke on April 15, as reported by PTI. Laxmikanta Sahu (62), a resident of Maheshpur in Balasore district, died of heat stroke, according to an official from the Special Relief Commissioner’s office.