Hyderabad, May 27: A major heatwave across India has claimed over 1,000 lives with Met officials warning that scorching temperatures will continue for several more days. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been seriously hit by the heatwave as over 800 people have died in the past seven days because of the heatwave.
Hospitals have been kept on alert to treat victims of heatstroke and authorities have advised people to stay indoors.
NGOs and government organisations in both these states have been asked to set up drinking water camps to cater to the people in the town areas.
In New Delhi, roads melted as the mercury touched almost 50 degrees. The maximum temperature in the capital reportedly hit a two-year high of 45.5 degrees on Monday, five degrees more than the average.
In Odisha, 11 people died because of the heatwave. Thirteen people died in West Bengal where taxi unions asked drivers to stay off the roads during the day after two drivers died because of the heat.
The monsoon is predicted to hit Kerala early next month but it will be weeks before the rains reach the burning plains of North India.