Heat Wave Conditions To Continue Till May 23; Death Toll Reaches 167 In Telangana Alone
Hyderabad: There is no respite from the heat to the citizens of the state. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) extended heat wave warning for the State till May 23. The dry spell is likely to continue across the state.
Due to the heat wave conditions as many as 167 people have reportedly died of sunstroke in Telangana, and at least 87 died in AP since April 1.
“The 167 deaths (till date) should be confirmed by the committees as heat wave deaths. Then only it can be recognized 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.
Though the temperatures in twin cities are not soaring like in Coastal Andhra Pradesh or Bhadradri in Kothagudem District, which recorded 47 degree Celsius, they were between 41 to 43 degrees Celsius on Friday at various places.
According to a leading daily, though the temperatures in the city have come down, the humidity levels have gone up in the last few days. The humidity levels went up to 40 percent this week from 14 percent earlier, the department has reported.
However, this was not the case in other parts of Telangana.
Many districts are reeling under heat wave conditions. Another daily reported that Mangapet in Bhupalpally District recorded 47.4 degree Celsius followed by Kamepalli in Khammam at 46.7.