Bangladeshi leader collapses during speech

The head of Bangladesh's government fainted Sunday after speaking at a tree planting ceremony for more than an hour in hot weather that has claimed at least a dozen lives in the past week.

Bangladeshi leader collapses during speech
The head of Bangladesh's government fainted Sunday after speaking at a tree planting ceremony for more than an hour in hot weather that has claimed at least a dozen lives in the past week.

Fakhruddin Ahmed passed out briefly after he sought a glass of water while speaking at a function to mark the start of the tree plantation season in the northern town of Tangail, a spokesman said.

"He fainted and was immediately taken to Tangail hospital. The doctors have checked him and his condition has improved," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"The conditions were extremely hot and humid when he made the speech for more than a hour," he added.

Temperatures in Bangladesh have reached 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) during a week-long heatwave, which is likely to continue until monsoon rains expected in the next few days bring relief, weather office spokesman Shahjahan Alam told AFP Saturday.

Ahmed, a former central bank governor, took over as the head of Bangladesh's interim government after the country's president declared a state of emergency and cancelled polls in January.

He has vowed to carry out sweeping political, economic and electoral reforms before new polls are held in late 2008.

Last Mod: 03 Haziran 2007, 12:00
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