India Heatwave toll crosses 2,000


HYDERABAD, India: India’s brutal weeks-long heatwave has killed more than 2,000 people, authorities said Saturday, as the government launched a mass education campaign to help people cope with scorching temperatures. Hundreds of mainly poor people die at the height of summer every year in India, but this year’s toll is the second highest in India’s history and fifth most in recorded history globally, according to EM-DAT, an international disaster database.The southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana—which have so far borne the brunt of the heatwave—accounted for 1,979 deaths. A further 17 people were killed in Orissa, eastern India, while nine people were reported dead elsewhere in the country, taking the death toll to 2,005. A total of 2,541 people died in 1998 due to extreme temperatures, the highest figure in India’s history, according to EM-DAT.



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