Summer scorcher claims 500, Delhi sizzles at 45.5º
The minimum was recorded at 28 degrees celsius, a notch above normal as humidity in the air oscillated between 19 and 63 <g data-gr-id="12">per cent</g>, a Met official said. While 517 deaths were registered in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, four deaths were confirmed in the eastern state of Odisha and two others were reported in the northern state of Rajasthan.
In Telangana, the toll due to the heatwave stood at 215 from May 15 till on Monday, Special commissioner for disaster management, Sada <g data-gr-id="20">Bhargavi</g> said. In Andhra Pradesh, the number stood at 302 till this evening over a week and data from different districts was still being compiled, Special commissioner for disaster management, Tulsi Rani said.
Temperatures have been hovering around 45 degrees Celsius in both the states for the last few days. The Met department said Ramagundam, Nalgonda and Khammam recorded 45 degrees Celsius during the past 24 hours.
Two persons, including a woman, died reportedly due to heatstroke in Bundi district which, along with other parts of Rajasthan, has been experiencing scorching heat for the past few days with the temperature rising over 44 degrees Celsius.
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