New Delhi: A scorching sun and ensuing heat wave across the country is extracting heavy toll as death toll surges past to 1100, with Andhra Pradesh and Telengana being the worst affected with 852 reported deaths.
The Hyderabad Meterological Centre has further warned that heat wave may continue on Wednesday. Chinna Rajappa, who holds the home portfolio, has announced compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the families of the victims.
The government had issued an alert to doctors to be ready to provide medical assistance to the heat wave-affected people, he said.
Coastal Andhra continued to reel under severe heat wave conditions. Jangamaheswara Puram in Guntur district sizzled at 47 degrees Celsius. Almost all deaths were reported during last six days.
Guntur district bore the brunt with 104 deaths, East Godavari accounted for 90 deaths, Visakhapatnam 84, Vijayanagaram 61, Prakasam 57, Nellore 39, Srikakulam 25, Chittoor 20, Kadapa 13, Anantapur 11 and Kurnool 8. Meanwhile, the IMD has predicted that the southwest monsoon is likely to set over Kerala on May 30th with a model error of ± 4 days.
Besides Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, sweltering conditions persisted in Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal with temperature hovering around 45 degree celsius in most places in these states.