26/05/2015 3:25 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

550 Deaths In Andhra Pradesh Alone As India Reels Under Severe Heatwave

An Indian man wipes sweat off his face on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Heat wave has tightened its grip over most parts of the country. More than 200 people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping two southeast Indian states, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

HYDERABAD — The death toll due to severe heatwave sweeping Andhra Pradesh has risen to 550 with the scorching weather claiming 104 lives in Guntur district alone, officials said today.

Severe heatwave conditions continued today in many parts of the state, they said.

The heatwave claimed 551 lives in the state, according to information available till 8 PM yesterday, Special Commissioner for Disaster Management Tulsi Rani said.

Guntur district recorded maximum 104 deaths, followed by East Godavari-90, Vizianagaram-84, Visakhapatnam-61 and Prakasam district-57, she told PTI.

In other districts, the death toll varied between 8 and 36.

According to the Meteorological department, severe heatwave to heatwave conditions prevailed today over many parts in Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasham and Nellore districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh.

The heatwave conditions would prevail in some parts of Kurnool and Chittoor districts of Rayalaseema, it predicted.

On Sunday, the highest maximum temperature of 47 deg Celsius was recorded in Kakinada, Machilipatnam, Jangamaheswarapuram and Tuni, it said.

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