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Head of Bangladeshi Government Faints at Outdoor Function


The head of Bangladesh's interim government, Fakhruddin Ahmed, has fainted at an outdoor function in the north of the country.

Mr. Ahmed passed out on Sunday while giving a speech in hot and humid conditions at a tree-planting event in the town of Tangail. He collapsed shortly after asking for water.

Bangladeshi officials say Mr. Ahmed's condition improved after he received treatment at a nearby hospital.

Bangladesh has been experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures rising to as high as 42 degrees (Celsius). Local media say more than 20 people have died of heatstroke or waterborne diseases such as diarrhea in recent days.

Bangladesh's president, Iajuddin Ahmed appointed Mr. Ahmed as the head of the country's military-backed interim government in January.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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