At least 800 people are reported to have died in due to intense heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures reaching 48C in some parts of the country.
Most deaths have taken place in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, where authorities say more than 550 people have died in the last four to five days. Another 215 have died in the neighboring state of Telangana, AFP reported.
“The majority of the victims are people who have been exposed to the sun directly, usually aged 50 and above and from the working classes,” said P Tulsi Rani, special commissioner of Andhra Pradesh’s disaster management department.
“We are asking them to take precautions like using an umbrella, using a cap, taking a huge quantity of liquids like water and buttermilk, and wearing cotton clothing.”