As India Swelters, 2.2K Now Dead

Country's epic heat wave has taken devastating toll; rains help little
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 31, 2015 9:31 AM CDT
As India Swelters, 2.2K Now Dead
An Indian man bathes from a roadside tap in Kolkata, India, Sunday, May 31, 2015. Heat-related conditions, including dehydration and heat stroke, have killed more than 2,000 people since mid-April.   (Bikas Das)

Despite hopes that weekend thundershowers would help end a raging heat wave in southern India, the rain brought only limited relief as the death toll since mid-April climbed past 2,200. Officials say the intense heat is likely to continue for another day in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. KY Reddy, a director of the Meteorological Center in the Telangana state capital of Hyderabad, said today that daytime temperatures hovered between 113 and 116 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the two states over the weekend. Thundershowers brought relief to people in other areas. Cooling monsoon rains are expected this week in southern India before gradually advancing north. (More India stories.)

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