Heat wave continues; death toll rises to 368

RSTV Bureau

Heat_waveAt least 145 people died due to intense heat wave in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since Saturday, raising to 368 the death toll in the blistering weather conditions which continued in many parts of the country on Sunday, including national capital Delhi.

In Delhi, the day temperature was recorded at 44.5 degree Celsius on Sunday, the same as on Saturday, which is five notches above normal.

The national capital continued to reel under intense heat wave with scorching sun and high temperature making the life of Delhiites uncomfortable.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 43.5 degrees Celsius, a degree less than its corresponding figure posted on Saturday.

Both Palam and Delhi university observatories recorded temperature over 46 degree Celsius-mark.

In Andhra Pradesh, 87 deaths were reported since Saturday, taking the toll to 182. The death toll in the state yesterday stood at 95. Prakasam district has recorded the maximum deaths of 57, state disaster management officials said.

Reports from some districts are still being compiled.

The toll pertains to the period from May 18 till this evening for Andhra Pradesh, the officials said.

According to India Meteorological department, severe heat wave conditions are expected to continue till Monday in both these states.

Uttar Pradesh also continued to reel under sweltering heat with mercury in Allahabad touching 47.7 degrees Celsius which was the hottest in the state.

According to the MET department, Allahabad was hottest in the state at six notches above normal followed by Varanasi which recorded maximum of 46.6 degrees, both six notches above normal.

Mercury in Banda soared to 46.6 degrees Celsius, up four notches, while Sultanpur registered a maximum of 46 degrees, six degrees above normal.

The state capital Lucknow also felt the scorching heat at 44.7 degree Celsius which was five notches above normal, they said.

Heat wave continued in various other parts of the country as well.

There was no respite from blistering heat in desert state of Rajasthan where Jaisalmer and Sriganganagar district remained the hottest place with recording a maximum of 45.6 degree Celsius.

Kota recorded maximum of 45.5 degree Celsius while Bikaner and Barmer registered day temperature of 44.6 and 44.2 degrees, respectively.

Churu and Jaipur sizzled at 43.8 degree Celsius, according to the Met report till 1630 hrs.

Jodhpur, Ajmer and Dabok also recorded day temperature of 42, 41.4 and 40 degree Celsius.

Heat wave conditions prevailed at some areas in Bikaner and Kota divisions and the weather is  likely to remain the same during next 24 hours.