"Out of 28 deaths, 12 deaths are reported from Peddapuram, 10 from Amalapuram division and six deaths from various divisions of the district since June 11," a government release quoted District Collector Neetu Prasad as saying. She said 26 of the victims are above 60 years.
"The government will pay a compensation of Rs one lakh to the deceased persons and we have informed National Disaster Management Commissioner regarding the deaths," the Collector said, adding that process of awarding compensation will begin after post mortems are conducted.
She said that 137 relief camps have been set up in the district to provide drinking water, ORS packets to people and the district administration has distributed pamphlets to general public informing them about the precautions needed to be taken in view of the heat wave.
According to officials in Hyderabad, the heat wave in Andhra Pradesh has claimed as many as 169 lives so far, in different districts with a maximum 45 deaths being reported from Vizianagaram district, followed by East Godavari and Krishna district (22).