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Indian heatwave death toll nears 800

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 1:51 PM
An Indian man uses a hose to bathe his goat to provide relief from the heat in Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Telangana, on Saturday.

The death toll in the heatwave sweeping India has reached nearly 800 with temperatures nearing 122 degrees Farenheit in some areas.

Most deaths have taken place in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where more than 750 people have died since last week.

Reports say 24 people have died from the heat in West Bengal and Orissa.

Hospitals are on alert to treat heatstroke patients and authorities have advised people to stay indoors.

Heatwave conditions have been prevailing in the two worst-affected southern Indian states since mid-April, but most of the deaths have happened in the past week.

In the worst-hit state of Andhra Pradesh, 551 people have died as temperatures climbed to 47C on Monday.