HYDERABAD:Parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh continued to reel under the heat wave on Saturday. According to Telangana state disaster management officials, as many 52 people have died since Wednesday taking the toll in the state since mid-April to 542. In the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the toll due to heat wave touched 1,636.
The highest maximum temperatures of 44.6 and 43.4 degree Celsius were recorded from Ramagundam and Nizamabad respectively in Telangana. The maximum temparature in Hyderabad was 41.2 degrees.
In AP, severe heat wave conditions prevailed at Jangamaheswarapuram which recorded 46.6 degree Celsius.
Since April 15, Nalgonda district has recorded maximum number of 139 deaths, followed by Karimnagar (120), Khammam (95) and Mahabubnagar (42). Heatwave has claimed 36 lives in Ranga Reddy district followed by 35 in Medak district, 26 in Adilabad, 20 in Warangal, 18 in Nizamabad, and 10 in Hyderabad.
In Andhra Pradesh, since May 18, Prakasam district has witnessed the maximum number of deaths at 333, followed by Guntur district (233), Visakhapatnam (185), East Godavari (192), Vizianagaram (177), Nellore (163), Krishna (78), Chittoor (64), Srikakulam (60), Anantapur (56), Kadapa (38), Kurnool (34), and West Godavari (23).
The Hyderabad Meteorological Centre has warned of heat wave in the next 24 hours and also predicted thunderstorms in several parts of both states.
According to Met department, heat wave conditions prevailed on Friday over many parts in the districts of Adilabad, Ranga Reddy, Warangal, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda , Nizamabad and Karimnagar.