A Massive heat stroke has been proving to be fatal, killing more than 500 in South India. According to the reports, the worst hit is the state of Andhra Pradesh with the heat wave killing 246 people.
The heat wave. which has shifted from the Rajasthan region, last week, has witnessed high temperatures crossing 48C in some places of India. The State Capital, Delhi, recorded temperatures as high as 44C being the highest in a long time. Two states of South India, viz., Telangana and Andhra Pradesh recorded temperatures as high as 49C. Khammam, a district of Telangana recorded 49C, the hottest zone in India at present.
On the contrast, The governments have urged the poeple for following preventive measures. Andhra Pradesh Disaster Management Officer, said that people have been cautioned to follow basic safety measures like wearing cotton clothing, taking fluids heavily etc. However, inspite of being cautioned, the State recorded many deaths. Reports suggest that the majority of the victims are daily wage workers and people living in rural areas.
Bihar and Rajasthan too recorded 15 deaths, which shows the effect of the heat wave even in the Northern regions of the country, the BBC News reports.
The Meteorological Department of India says, that the heat wave is due to the lack of rains. It estimated that the conditions could prevail in the southern states for another four days. The heat wave, apart from suffocating people with intense heat, it also shown its shadow over agricultural fields. Many fields in Indian rural areas, have begun to dry up and the underground water levels decreased drastically.