New Delhi: The death toll in the sizzling heat wave sweeping many parts of the country on Saturday rose to 2,207, with 202 more deaths being reported since Friday from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha. The overall toll in various parts of the country on Friday stood at 2,005.
A Hindustan Times report, quoting data from the National Crime Records Bureau data, said the heat wave has clocked the highest toll in 15 years, killing over 2,000 people.
“In fact, the number of victims was more than double than that in 2003 and a long-term analysis revealed the lives claimed by India’s sizzling summers have been steadily rising. Between 2005 and 2015, the highest number of deaths was reported in 2012 when the toll was the maximum among all natural disasters,” the report said.
The heat wave was witnessed in many parts of the country but Nagpur in Maharashtra recorded the highest temperature of 47.1 degrees celsius. Andhra Pradesh reported 146 more deaths on Saturday, raising the toll 1636 since Friday.
Prakasam district has recorded the maximum number of 333 deaths, followed by Guntur district (233), followed by East Godavari (192), Visakhapatnam (185), Vizianagaram (177), Nellore (163), Krishna (78), Chittoor (64), Srikakulam (60), Anantapur (56), Kadapa (38), Kurnool (34) and West Godavari (23).
According to the MeT department, heat wave conditions prevailed today over some parts in the districts of Guntur and Kurnool of Rayalaseema. The highest maximum temperature of 47 degree Celsius was recorded at Jangamaheshwarapur.
Rain occurred at a few places over Rayalaseema and at isolated places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh. In Telangana, the toll due to the heat wave rose to 541 on Saturday, with 52 more deaths being reported during the last 24 hours, said a senior official of the state disaster management department. The toll in the state was 489 on Friday.
The toll in Odisha also rose to 21 from 17 since Friday. Seven deaths have so far been reported from Gujarat and two from Delhi. Since April 15, Nalgonda district in Telangana has recorded maximum number of 139 deaths, followed by Karimnagar (120), Khammam (95) and Mahabubnagar (42).
Heat wave has claimed 36 lives in Ranga Reddy district followed by 35 in Medak district, 26 in Adilabad, 20 in Warangal, 18 in Nizamabad, and 10 in Hyderabad. The highest maximum temperature of 47 degree Celsius was recorded at Ramagundam on Friday.
According to met department, isolated rain occurred over Telangana on Friday. In Odisha, the Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office received reports of 108 deaths allegedly due to sun stroke.
However, only 21 have been confirmed as death due to heat stroke.