Heat wave in Telangana claims more than 200 lives

Heat wave conditions in some parts of Telangana continued to take toll as the number of deaths rose to 219, said the State Disaster Management department

PTI May 03, 2016 16:50:45 IST
Heat wave in Telangana claims more than 200 lives

Hyderabad: Heat wave conditions in some parts of Telangana continued to take toll as the number of deaths rose to 219, according to the State Disaster Management department.

Heat wave in Telangana claims more than 200 lives

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"These 219 deaths were confirmed by the three-member committee. Nalgonda tops the list with 76 deaths, followed by Mahbubnagar with 35," an official in the Disaster Management control room said.

The last count of 178 was reported on Monday.

A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department said heat wave conditions are likely to prevail in some parts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Khammam districts. "Thunderstorm with squall/hail (is) likely (to occur) at a few places over Telangana during next 48 hours (today and tomorrow)," it said.

Telangana has been witnessing severe heat wave during this summer season. The state government had earlier issued heat wave alerts to all the districts, to take precautionary measures.

The government had also declared summer holidays for schools from 16 April, which were actually scheduled from 24 April, in view of the scorching sun.

The government had also announced Rs 50,000 ex-gratia to kin of each of the deceased.

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