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India Sweats it out as Blazing Heat Wave Claims Over 1000 Lives

Scorching heat wave claims over 1000 lives across India with Telangana & Andhra bearing the maximum brunt.  

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Fisherman walks on a dry lake bed near Hyderabad. (Photo: Reuters)

The blistering heat wave that has been battering the country for over a fortnight now, has claimed over 1000 lives. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana continue to bear the maximum brunt of the unrelenting heat wave, with the death toll rising to 852 in the region.

Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister N Chinna Rajappa said the state government will pay an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of the victims.

Alerts have been issued to doctors in the state asking them to be ready to provide medical assistance to the affected people.

A priest performs rituals for monsoons to arrive early near Hyderabad. (Photo: Reuters)
A priest performs rituals for monsoons to arrive early near Hyderabad. (Photo: Reuters)
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Capital Swelters as Temperatures Soar

In other parts of the country too, temperatures were at an all time high, forcing people to stay indoors.

In the capital, the blazing sun continued to batter residents and there is no respite in sight in the coming days.

The skies will be mainly clear. The maximum temperature is expected to hover at 44 degrees.

- MeT Department

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Child drinks water from road-side pipe in New Delhi. (Photo: Reuters)
Child drinks water from road-side pipe in New Delhi. (Photo: Reuters)
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Heat Wave Batters North India 

Besides Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, sweltering conditions persisted in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal with temperature hovering around 45 degree celsius in most places in these states.

Boy cools off with a road-side water pipe in Calcutta. (Photo: Reuters)
Boy cools off with a road-side water pipe in Calcutta. (Photo: Reuters)

Karnal in Haryana braved a hot day on Tuesday, recording a maximum temperature of 44 degree Celsius, four notches above normal.

Hisar sweltered at 43.5 degree C, one notch above normal while Bhiwani sizzled at 43.6 degree C.

Chandigarh experienced yet another hot day at 40.7 degree C, two notches above normal.

In Punjab, blistering heat swept Ludhiana at 42.6 degree C, three notches above normal while Patiala, too, had a hot day at 42.4 degree C, two degrees above normal.

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What is a Heat Wave?

Boys play in the waters of the River Ganges in Allahabad to get respite from the heat. (Photo: Reuters)
Boys play in the waters of the River Ganges in Allahabad to get respite from the heat. (Photo: Reuters)

Here’s how the National Disaster Management Authority of India defines a heat wave.

- Heat Wave is a period of abnormally high temperatures, more than the normal maximum temperature that occurs during the summer season.

- Heat Waves typically occur between March and June, and in some rare cases even extend till July.

- Heat Wave need not be considered till maximum temperature of a station reaches at least 40*C for Plains and at least 30*C for Hilly regions

- Extreme temperatures affect people living in these regions as they cause physiological stress, sometimes resulting in death.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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