750 dead amid India heatwave

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Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015 by The News Editor

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More than 750 people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country.

The south-eastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have been hit the hardest, officials said.

More than 550 people have died from the unrelenting heat in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, state deputy chief minister Nimmakayala Chinna Rajappa said.

Bhambal Ram Meena, a top state official in Telangana, said about 215 heat-related deaths have been reported since April 15.

Daily temperatures in both states have hit between 45C and 48C (113F and 118F). Officials have urged people to stay indoors as much as possible.

Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015 by The News Editor

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