1. Heat wave intensifies across India, claims dozens of lives

Heat wave intensifies across India, claims dozens of lives

Heat wave continues to sweep several parts of the country.

By: | Hyderabad | Published: May 25, 2015 9:01 AM

Heat wave continues to sweep several parts of the country.

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh seem to be the worst hit with 423 casualties reported so far. While 241 deaths have been reported in Andhra Pradesh, the toll has risen to 182 in Telangana due to severe heat wave conditions.

“Severe heat wave condition is likely to continue for another two days in Andhra Pradesh,” said KVS Srinivas, Duty officer of Meteorological (MET) Department, Vizag.

In neighbouring Odisha, Titlagarh, the industrial town of Jharsuguda as well as Bhawanipatna in western Balangir district are sizzling at more than 46 degrees Celsius, while most places of the state recorded 40 degree Celsius.

Meanwhile, the number of suspected sun stroke deaths in the state increased to 26 from 23 with three fresh deaths reported on Sunday.

Two deaths were reported from West Bengal on Sunday as the state reeled under heat wave. Mercury crossed 40 degrees in several areas of the state. Sriniketan in Birbhum district recorded the maximum of 44.2 degrees.

In Uttar Pradesh, unrelenting heat wave forced the people to take cover from the sun. During the last twenty-four hours, the state saw the mercury cross the 41 degree mark in most of the districts. Allahabad recorded the maximum in the state at 47 degrees, Banda and Lucknow were sweltering at 46.6 and 44.4 degree Celsius respectively.

The people in Rajasthan sweated it out with the mercury in Jaisalmer touching 46.5 degree Celsius mark. Kota recorded maximum at 45.4 degree Celsius followed by Churu at 45.2, Sriganganagar and Jaipur both 45.1 degrees each. Barmer recorded 45 degrees, Bikaner 44.9 , Ajmer 43.2 and Dabok 41.4 degrees respectively.

Intense heat wave swept Punjab and Haryana with the mercury soaring sharply above normal level at several places in both the states. Hisar remained the hottest place in Haryana as it sizzled at 45.5 degree Celsius, four degrees above normal. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded 43.2 degrees while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded a maximum of 42.7degree Celsius each, four notches above normal. Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, had a high temperature of 41.7 degree Celsius, four degrees above normal.
or the second day in succession, Maharashtra’s Nagpur city on Sunday recorded a maximum temperature of 47 degree Celsius as the heat wave in the Vidarbha region continued. The neighbouring Wardha district was the hottest in the region at 47.5 degree Celsius, according to the Regional Meteorological Centre.

All the major stations in Himachal Pradesh experienced hottest day of the season on Sunday as mercury soared across the state. Una reeled under scorching sun as mercury touched 43.6 degrees while the hill station of Shimla recorded a high of 28.6 degrees.

In Delhi, with the temperature soaring five degrees above normal, the capital witnessed the hottest day of the season at 44.5 degree Celsius on Saturday. The Delhi MET office has predicted dust storms and thunderstorms across the city on Sunday.

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