A BURNING temperature of 45°C sweeping across India for days now has killed more than 400 people, reports said.
The scorching heat wave has largely affected the various regions of Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, Gangetic West Bengal, and Punjab.
“The heat will continue for the next 48 hours,” said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in a report.
News reports in India said the IMD has identified the coastal areas of Telengana and Andhra Pradesh under “severe heat wave” with its recorded deaths of 368.
Another 40 people were also reported dead on Monday due to the heat wave, although authorities said the report is still “unofficial”.
Indian weather authorities said that heat wave in these two areas would continue to increase in the coming days.
Intense heat wave was also recorded in some parts of Jharkhand, Odisha, and Bihar.
According to IMD, the cities of Faridabad, Allahabad, Chandigarh, Agra, Lucknow, Hissar, Karnal, Hissar, Gurgaon, Bikaner, and Jaipur will continue to have a temperature between 44°C to 45°C in a couple of days.
As of Monday alone, Delhi has recorded a temperature as high as 44.5°C.
Weather officials said the intense heat wave in India is due to the ongoing burning temperature in neighboring Pakistan whose temperature has almost reached 49°C.
IMD has also forecasted of a dust storm in the affected Indian regions.