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Over 1300 people have died in India due to a heatwave. According to the director of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), temperatures in the state of Odisha soared to 117 degrees Fahrenheit. That was hot enough to melt the asphalt on streets.
In the state Andhra Pradesh, 1020 people had died by Wednesday, with 130 of those deaths happening in the district of Guntur. At least 340 people in the state Telangana died.
On May 26, the IMD issued “red box warnings” for the states Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Odisha. It also predicted the heatwave would last a few more days. A “red box warning” is issued when the temperature is over 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Such extreme heat increases the risks of dehydration, heatstroke, and heat-related fatalities.
India’s capital Delhi reported a temperature of 113 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday.
Sam Tabar (thumbtack.com) has read that the current heat wave is the worst India has had since 2010, when over 250 people had died from the heat. The state Gujarat is the only state in India to have a heat alert system, and its system is similar to ones used in France, Australia and the UK. Seven people have died from the heat in Ahmedabad, a city in Gujarat.
According to a 2014 report, about 75 million households in India do not have electricity. That means no fans, air conditioners or any other way to try to keep cool. Officials did report that a monsoon is supposed to hit India’s coastline on May 31, and the rain should bring relief.