IMD has extended heat wave warning for all districts of Telangana till May 23

More than 200 dead in heat wave in Telugu states in 2017 death toll at 4200 in last 4 yearsPTI/Image for representation
news Weather Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 12:40

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has extended heat wave warning for all districts of Telangana till May 23, while dry weather is likely to continue across the state.

On Friday, Hyderabad recorded maximum temperature of 43.8 degree Celsius in Shaikpet, Marredpally and Monda Market.

While in other parts of the city, temperature ranged between 40 to 41 degree Celsius.

However, light showers were witnessed on Friday night, which came as a relief for residents of the city.

According to Times of India, the temperatures in the city have dipped, but the humidity levels have gone up in the last few days, unlike other parts of Telangana. The humidity levels went up to 40% this week from a low of 14% earlier.

Many other parts of Telangana have been reeling under severe heat.

Several places in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district on Friday recorded the temperatures of 47 degree Celsius by the Automatic Weather Stations of Telangana State Development and Planning Society.

The New Indian Express report said that Mangapet in Bhupalpally district recorded 47.4 degree Celsius followed by Kamepalle in Khammam at 46.7.

While several areas of Khammam, Bhadradri, Suryapet, Karimnagar, Peddapalli, Warangal, Nalgonda and Bhupalpally districts witnessed maximum temperatures above 46 degree Celsius.

 Heat wave deaths in Telangana

In the last four years, India has witnessed as many as 4,620 deaths caused by heat wave, out of which 4,246 people died in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana alone. The figures according to the Ministry of Earth Sciences paint a grim picture for the two states.

The two Telugu states were followed by Odisha, which also saw a large number of deaths due to heat wave over the last four years.

While the two states continue to witness the soaring temperatures, as many as 167 people have reportedly died of sunstroke in Telangana and 87 in AP since April 1.

However, the deaths are yet to be confirmed as ‘heatwave deaths’.

“These (167) deaths (till date) should be confirmed by the committees as heat wave deaths. Then only it can be recognised as heat wave deaths and financial assistance will be sanctioned accordingly. All the deaths are currently under scrutiny. No death has been confirmed as a heat wave death as yet,” a senior official from state disaster management told PTI


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