Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
26 May, 2015 | 1:49 pm
The death toll from a severe heat wave in India’s two southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has risen to 500.
Hospitals in both the states have been inundated with patients suffering from sun stroke and dehydration from the intense heat reaching up to 47 degrees Celsius. Frequent power cuts and reduced water supply at one hospital in Visakhapatnam exacerbated the situation and some complained that fans in the hospital were not functioning.
Meanwhile, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) officials in southern Hyderabad city said that despite some rain predicted, the acute heat could continue for the next two weeks.
The twin southern states have so far been the worst affected by the heat wave this year. The government of Andhra Pradesh last week declared the situation caused by heat wave alarming and appealed to people not to venture out between 11am and 4 pm.
The chief minister of the state also announced an aid of 100,000 Indian rupees ($ 1572) for the families of victims of heat wave.
India has long-suffered deadly heat waves. Periods of extreme temperatures have led to thousands of deaths since the 1990s. Northern, western and central parts of India suffer intense heat waves from mid-April to July before monsoon rains hit the region providing relief.
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