Heatwave continues to scorch country

Toll rises to 517 in AP, Telangana; Odisha boils at 47 degrees Celsius

Sweltering heatwave conditions continued in various parts of the country, causing death of hundreds of people, mostly in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, so far this season Unabated heat wave conditions in AP and Telangana continued on Monday claimed at least 85 more lives, taking the total number of deaths here to 517 over the past four days.

On Monday, Prakasam district registered the maximum number of deaths again (14), followed by Srikakulam (seven), Krishna (five), Anantapuram (four), Nellore (four), Vizag (three), Vizianagaram (two), West Godavari (two), Kadapa (two) Kurnool (one) and Chittoor (one).
In Telangana, seven people lost their lives in the Khammam district, six died in Warangal, five each in Nizamabad, Nalgonda and Medak, four in Karimnagar, three each in Adilabad and Ranga Reddy, and two in Mahbubnagar.

Coastal Andhra Pradesh continued to simmer under severe heat wave conditions, with Kakinada, Machilipatnam, Tuni, Jangameswarapuram reeling under 47 degrees. Hyderabad remained comparatively cooler with 41 degrees.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed the state administration to open camps for providing drinking water and butter milk as a measure of protection against the severe heat conditions. He also appealed to the general public to avoid sun from 11 am to 4.30 pm, if possible.

In Tamil Nadu, the southern districts received good rain, but people still sweltered under the scorching summer sun, with humidity adding to their woes. The Met department’s latest bulletin said severe heat wave conditions have prevailed over coastal Tamil Nadu and especially Chennai.

Up north, Uttar Pradesh continued to be in the grip of a severe heatwave, with the mercury hovering around 47 degrees at some places, even as the death toll from heat stroke in the state went up to 10.

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