Heat wave kills more than 200
HYDERABAD, India (AP):
About 230 people have died since mid-April in a heatwave sweeping two southeast Indian states, officials said yesterday.
More than 100 people have died from the brutal heat in Andhra Pradesh state in the last week.
In neighbouring Telangana state, around 130 heat-related deaths have been reported since April 15.
Day temperatures in Telangana's Khammam district soared to more than 48 degrees Celsius (118 Fahrenheit) yesterday. At least 16 people have reportedly died in the district as a result of the heat in the past three days.
Health authorities have asked people not to go outside at midday to avoid getting sunstroke due to high temperatures and blistering winds.
"We are urging people to take all the necessary precautions and drink lots of water."
Roads and markets were deserted in all of the major cities and towns in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh yesterday, with people staying indoors to avoid the heat.
Weather authorities said the high temperatures would likely continue for at least another week. They said the situation should improve with the approaching monsoon rains, which usually reach the southeastern coast in the first week of June.