Heatwave toll in Andhra Pradesh reaches 1,490

The death toll due to heatwave sweeping Andhra Pradesh crossed the 1400 mark on Friday, claiming 156 more lives in the last 24 hours, officials said.

Heatwave toll in Andhra Pradesh reaches 1,490
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Hyderabad: The death toll due to heatwave sweeping Andhra Pradesh crossed the 1400 mark on Friday, claiming 156 more lives in the last 24 hours, officials said.

"As per the information available till 8 pm, the toll has reached 1,490," an official of State Disaster Management Department told PTI here.

The figure was 1,334 last evening.

Prakasam district has witnessed the maximum number of deaths at 321, followed by Guntur district (223), followed by Visakhapatnam (180), East Godavari (172), Vizianagaram (161), Nellore (122), Krishna (74), Srikakulam (58), Chittoor (56), Kadapa (37), Anantapur (32), Kurnool (31) and West Godavari (23).

The figures are for the period from May 18 till 8pm today.

According to the MeT department, heatwave conditions prevailed over some parts of Guntur district and coastal Andhra Pradesh today.

However, rain brought relief in isolated places in Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra Pradesh.

Yesterday, the highest maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius was recorded at Jangamaheshwarapuram.

Heatwave conditions would prevail tomorrow over some parts in the districts of Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore of coastal Andhra Pradesh, it said.  

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