Heatwave continues unabated

Heatwave continues unabated

The sizzling heat wave sweeping many parts of the country claimed 207 more lives since Monday, raising the overall toll to 757, with Andhra Pradesh and Telangana bearing the brunt.

The heat wave in Andhra Pradesh since May 13 has claimed 551 lives till Tuesday.  Confirming the toll, state’s home minister Chinna Rajappa said that Guntur district bore the brunt of the scorching sun with 104 deaths, followed by East Godavari (90), Vizag (84) Vizianagaram (61), Prakasam (57) and Nellore (39).

However, on Tuesday the intensity of the heat wave came down considerably and it was reflected in the reduced number of deaths in both AP and Telangana. 

However, due to the hot weather  sweeping across the states, at least 22 in AP and 26 in Telangana lost their lives. Giving a much needed relief the India Meteorological Department (IMD) also limited its warning for AP and Telangana till Thursday.

Severe heat has also affected state owned Telangana Road Transport Corporation which has incurred a loss of Rs 1.2 cr till Tuesday.

The occupancy rate has come down to 72 per cent in Khammam region where temperature crossed 47 degrees Celcius. In Telangana secretariat, two Special Police Errayya and Ashok lost consciousness while on duty under scorching sun. They were immediately rushed to the nearby hospital.

Following are the temperatures recorded in different parts of AP and Telangana: Vijayawada 46 degrees Celsius, Guntur 44, Nandigama 44, Machilipatnam 44, Khammam 43, Kakinada 43, Karimnagar 42, Hyderabad 42, Tuni 41 and Tirupati 40.

Other regions
Besides Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, sweltering conditions persisted in Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal with temperature hovering around 45 degree celsius in most places in these states.

According to Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, Angul in Odisha recorded 47 degree, while Chandrapur and Wardha in Maharashtra witnessed 46.6 and 46.5 degrees, respectively.
There could be some respite from the sweltering heat as some parts of north and south India are expected to experience thunder storm in next two days, thus bringing down the temperature by a few notches.

Kashmir Valley, on the other hand, is witnessing pleasant weather with maximum temperature around 22 degree Celsius.
Seven deaths were reported from Gujarat,all in Ahmedabad.

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