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India heatwave deaths rise

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 01:11

At least 1,100 deaths recorded as India's heatwave continues unabated with temperatures soaring to 47 Celsius. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 In a country accustomed to heatwaves India's latest one is bringing more suffering and death than usual. At least 1, 100 people have lost their lives. Most of the victims are elderly or labourers suffering heat stroke or dehydration. Doctors have had their leave cancelled to cope with those falling ill in temperatures of 47 Celsius. Power cuts are adding to the misery, particularly in Andhra Pradesh which disaster management officials say is worst-hit. (SOUNDBITE)(English) TULSI RANI, SPECIAL COMMISSIONER FOR DISASTER MANAGEMENT, SAYING: "The maximum today also in many places were recorded at 46 to 47 (Celsius) and the death toll reached 1020, 1020 have died all over the state." May and June are traditionally India's hottest months. It's normal for temperatures to rise above 40 Celsius. The difference, say meteorologists, is that the number of days at a time the temperature soars to around 45 Celsius has increased over the last 15 years. For now it's a case of knocking back cool drinks and waiting for the heatwave to give way to monsoon rains.

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India heatwave deaths rise

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 01:11