HYDERABAD: There seems no respite from the heat wave sweeping across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It has thus far claimed 432 lives in both the States. According to official information, as many as 186 people have died of sunstroke in Telangana and about 246 in Andhra Pradesh this summer.
On Sunday, as many as 58 persons lost their lives in Telangana and 62 in Andhra Pradesh. Nalgonda alone accounted for 58 deaths, the maximum in the State, followed by 43 in Khammam and 23 in Mahbubnagar. Two persons died in Hyderabad.
Even though the mercury dipped a bit at some places in both the States, the extemely hot and dry winds forced people to stay indoors. The Indian Meteorological Department, in its forecast, has given a ‘red warning’ for North India and predicted ‘severe heat wave to heat wave conditions’ in many parts in the districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, Hyderabad, Mahbubnagar and Nalgonda in Telangana.
A maximum of 44.8 degree Celsius was recorded at Ramagundam on Sunday. In the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the south coastal region continued to reel under severe heat wave. The highest maximum temperature of 47.2 degree Celsius was recorded in Tuni near Visakhapatnam.
Officials at the Hyderabad Meteorological Centre predicted dry and heat wave conditions to prevail a couple of days more in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. They attributed the prevailing conditions to the dry winds blowing from north-westerly regions. “Anything above 45 degree Celsius can be called a heatwave condition. Though temperatures have fallen at a few places, the scenario has not changed much. Most places in south coastal Andhra experienced 45 degree Celsius. The conditions will continue for another two days,” YK Reddy, director in-charge, Hyderabad Meteorological Centre told Express.
Owing to confusion regarding the maximum temperatures, the Hyderabad Meteorological Centre has opened a new page on its website to offer up to date information to the general public.
Red alert for ts districts
The IMD has issued a ‘red warning’ for North India and predicted ‘severe heat wave to heat wave conditions’ in Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, Hyderabad, Mahbubnagar and Nalgonda districts in Telangana.