New Delhi, April 15: At least 130 lives have been lost in the heatwave which continued to sweep several parts of the country on Thursday.
Central and southern India continued to face the hottest April in recent times and the Met office gave little hope by predicting further rise in the mercury by a degree or two in the next few days, particularly in western India, Telangana and Rayalaseema regions. It also said pockets in North India will experience heatwave conditions as the days are likely to be hotter by two to four degrees over the next few days.
The temperature is expected to come down somewhat only by Sunday (April 17) following a few dust storms and thundershowers in the northern plains.
In South, however, no such respite has been predicted. While 100 people have lost their lives in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh because of extreme heat conditions, 30 were killed in sun stroke in Odisha. In West Bengal, two persons were killed because of the heat while waiting in the queue to cast their votes.
Telangana witnessed 44-degree Celsius on Thursday whereas the mercury shot up to 43 degrees in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Several places of the country have also been struggling to cope with intense water crisis in the extreme summer conditions.