The death toll due the heatwave sweeping the region increased with 852 dead in AP and 340 in Telangana, as on Wednesday evening.
Hyderabad: The death toll due the heatwave sweeping the region increased with 852 dead in AP and 340 in Telangana, as on Wednesday evening. The heat claimed 550 lives in AP and 125 in Telangana in just 48 hour. Till May 25, the number of dead stood at 302 in AP and 215 in Telangana. Prakasam topped the AP death toll list with 202 dead.
Nalgonda in TS recorded the most deaths in the state with the figure reaching 99 in the district. A senior IMD official said that the reason for the heatwave being more severe over coastal Andhra Pradesh is the combined effect of the north-westerly winds blowing northwards in AP along with existence of a trough over the entire east coast.
The north-westerly winds are blowing westwards in Telangana because of which the heatwave is subdued in the state as compared to AP. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, a severe heatwave will continue in AP and Telangana till Thursday. A heatwave warning has been issued for Adilabad, Ranga Reddy, Warangal, Khammam, Nalgonda, Nizamabad and Karimnagar districts in TS and East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore districts of coastal AP along with a few places in Kurnool and Chittoor in Rayalaseema.
In Telangana, the Board of Intermediate Education has postponed the reopening of colleges due to prevailing weather conditions from June 1 to June 8. However, a gradual fall in the temperature is expected after Thursday and temperatures might fall by about 2°C by June 1. There are also chances of isolated rainfall occurring in both states. According to the IMD’s rainfall statistics, rains have been deficient in six districts of AP for the season starting from March 1 this year.