Heat Wave Kills Over 1100 In India

May 27, 2015 – The death toll is still climbing in India, where a powerful and deadly heat wave has killed more than 1,100 people so far in April and May, 2015.

It is occurring during the Indian dry season, which typically lasts from March to May.

India recorded its highest maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) at Angul in the state of Odisha on Monday. Meanwhile, sources are reporting 48 degrees C (118 degrees F) at Khammen in the state of Telangana on Sunday.

Either way, it is hot, and the hot, dry conditions are being made worse by winds blowing in from Pakistan’s Sindh province across the northern and central plains of India.

The most vulnerable are the poor, the homeless, the elderly and people who work outside. The situation is made worse by the fact that about one-third of India’s 1.2 billion population do not have access to reliable power.

Among the worst-hit states are Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the south. The northern states of Rajasthan and Haryana are also reeling from the intense summer as is India’s capital, New Delhi, reports said.

Cooling monsoon rains are not expected until at least the end of May.

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