Heat wave toll mounts to 1,242; 1,192 dead in Andhra, T'gana
As per the latest figures, the toll due to heat wave in Andhra Pradesh stood at 852 while it was 340 in Telangana – together accounting for 1192 deaths. In Telangana, 74 deaths were reported since on Wednesday.
The heat wave <g data-gr-id="34">is likely continue</g> for another two days in Telangana and three days in Coastal Andhra Pradesh, said YK Reddy, Director of Meteorological Centre, Hyderabad.
He said the deaths could be taking place due to exposure to heat for long durations.
The plains of Uttar Pradesh continued to reel under scorching heat with mercury in Agra today crossing the 46 degrees mark, making it the hottest place in the state.
The heat wave conditions continued to sweep Haryana and Punjab as well, with maximum temperatures today again hovering between 41-45 degrees celsius at most places.
In Andhra Pradesh, Prakasam district recorded the highest number of deaths at 202. Guntur district saw <g data-gr-id="39">death</g> of 130 people followed by Visakhapatnam (112), Vizianagaram (78) and Nellore 74.
The toll in other districts was East Godavari-90, West Godavari 10, Krishna 49, Chittore 29, Kadapa 22, Kurnool 17, Anantapur 14, <g data-gr-id="33">Srikaukulam</g> 25.
The government had issued an alert to doctors to be ready to provide medical assistance to the heat <g data-gr-id="32">wave-affected</g> people, he said.
In Telangana, Nalgonda recorded the maximum number of deaths at 99, followed by Khammam 72, Karimnagar 45 and Mahabubnagar 37, a senior official of State Disaster Management Department said Medak recorded 29 deaths, Adilabad 22, Nizamabad and Warangal 11 each followed by Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy at 7 each, the official said.
Heat wave continues to sweep Haryana and Punjab
The heat wave conditions continued to sweep Haryana and Punjab, with maximum temperatures on Wednesday again hovering between 41-45 degrees Celsius at most places. Scorching heat prevailed at Karnal, Hisar, Bhiwani, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, besides Chandigarh. "Chabeels" (sweetened water) were organised at different places in the two states including Chandigarh, especially near the gurdwaras and passersby were offered the cold sweetened water. According to the MeT <g data-gr-id="41">Dept</g> the ongoing heat wave is likely to continue for the next few days.