Extreme Heat Wave In India Is Killing People And Melting Roads

Posted by Mike Confino, June 4, 2015

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As of Thursday, the death toll from India’s heat wave has risen to nearly 1,400. Meteorological officials expect the heat to last several more days. This post has been updated to reflect this change.

A blistering heat wave in India has killed nearly 1,400 people in the country in less than one week.

At least 1,020 people have died in Andhra Pradesh in southeastern India, while 340 people have died in the adjacent state of Telangana. In northeastern West Bengal and Orissa, at least 24 people have died. Most of the deaths, according to officials, have been among construction workers, the elderly, and the homeless — people who are typically most exposed to high heat and who don’t have access to air conditioning.

 

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/05/26/3662797/india-heat-wave-deaths/