Heatwave menace continues in Telugu states
The unrelenting heat sweeping through the nation has claimed over 1400 lives in the last two weeks in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The labourers, homeless appear to be chiefly affected by the scorching sun rays.
According to latest reports, the death toll in Andhra Pradesh has risen to 1,020 and in Telangana it has gone up by 340, out of which Nalagonda, Khammam and Karimnagar have reported 99, 72 and 45 deaths respectively.
Despite the disastrous proportions of death toll, the two states have not officially recognized heat wave as a natural disaster. A very little has been done to provide relief to the rural people beyond issuing precautionary measures.
The workers continue working under the blazing sun, as they have no other choice for their daily survival. The rickshaw drivers in cities, farmers in villages, architecture workers are falling prey to the heat wave.
On the other hand, Indian Meteorological Department is expecting some stoppage shortly as the direction of the hot and dry northwesterly winds is changing. However, soaring temperatures hovering between 44-45 degrees are assumed to continue for few more days, particularly in Andhra Pradesh.