Andhra Pradesh reeling under heat wave conditions

Two died of heat stroke

Severe heat wave conditions are prevailing in Prakasam, Krishna, Guntur, Chittoor and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh.

A total of 52 places recorded above 45 degrees and 127 places recorded above 44 degrees Celsius on Monday. As per the Real Time Governance Society (RTGS) of the state government, the conditions will continue till 10 May.

Tungaturti of Prakasam district recorded the highest with 46.22 degree Celsius, followed by Nellore, 46.04, Santanutalapadu 45.54, Polavaram 45.5, Tadepalligudem 45.16, Rompicherla of Guntur district 44.86, Kurichedu 45.37, Totapalli 44.48, Pedakurapadu 44.65, Pedanandipadu 44.62 and Achampet 44.19. More than 200 revenue blocks are found to be reeling under heat wave conditions. People have been advised to remain indoors during the peak of the day from 11 am to 4 pm.

A farmer couple Gubbala Kamaraju (75) and Subhadramma (70) died on Sunday due to sunstroke in Thallarevu block of East Godavari district. The couple went to their farm on Saturday and suffered sunstroke.

IMD forecasts severe to very severe heat wave conditions in coastal and Rayalaseema districts in Andhra Pradesh and several parts of Telangana till 10 May. IMD says that the Cyclone Fani that crossed the coast in Odisha on Friday morning has taken away humidity from the climate in Andhra Pradesh resulting in dry weather, and a spurt in temperatures.

The state government has asked its local administration to focus on creating awareness among the people on safety measures to escape from falling victim to the scorching heat. Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam directed the collectors of all districts to encourage NGOs to set up water supply centres across.

The officials were also advised to supply ORS packets, buttermilk to the people at these water camps. Doctors were advised to keep medicines available and ambulance services in condition.

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