Earlier we reported that a major heatwave sweeping across India and melting roads in New Delhi has killed at least 500 people. Fresh reports coming in indicate that the numbers have soared to at least 800 persons. Temperatures measure up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).
These heat warnings to several states were issued from the Meteorological Department. They informed the public that temperatures could top 45 degrees Celsius in days to come.
Spokesman B. P. Yadav said, “As of now, we don’t predict any respite from the extreme heatwave for the next few days.”
Streets are reported to be deserted in Hyderabad which is the capital Andhra Pradesh, southern India, the worst hit area. 551 people have died there in the last week alone.
P. Tulsi Rani who is the special commissioner for disaster management in the state said, “The state government has taken up education programmes through television and other media to tell people not to venture into the outside without a cap, to drink water and other measures.”
231 people have died in Telangana state, a state which borders Andhra Pradesh in the south; temperatures there soared up to 48 degrees Celsius during the weekend.
Meanwhile, the monsoon will hit the southern part of the country by the end of the month and spread all over India.