Weather in India turns deadly, heatwave claims more than 160 lives

April 20, 2016 4:00 PM |

Heat waveUpdated on April 20, 2016: Weeks of relentless heatwave in India is getting worse. Within a span of five days, the deadly weather has claimed more than 30 lives in southern and eastern part of the country. Temperatures that are hotter than normal for April have caused 55 heat-related deaths in Odisha, around 45 in Andhra Pradesh and more than 60 in Telangana during this month. 

While schools have been shut in Odisha, Telangana and other parts of India where deadly heat refuses to abate, severe water shortage and drought-like conditions in parts of Maharashtra still persist.

Updated on April 15, 2016: As mercury continues to soar across India, number of people falling victim to this deadly heat is increasing. Heatwave continues to sweep many parts of India due to which the death toll has risen to 130 from 111 in a span of one week.

Almost 100 people have died in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh due to heat wave conditions till now, while sunstroke has claimed 30 lives in Odisha.

Central and Peninsular India continues to witness the hottest April as temperatures in parts of Maharashtra, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Telangana have remained beyond 40°C in last ten days.

The temperature touched 44° Celsius in three Telangana districts on Thursday, a day after Hyderabad broke a 43-year record with mercury reaching the 43°C level.

In Odisha, Cuttack, Khurda, Balasore and Titlargarh have been hit worst with the mercury hovering around 42° for past few days.

Dry weather is likely to prevail parts of Central and East India due to which maximum temperature is likely to settle between 42 and 45 degrees Celsius.

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