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Heatwave death toll surges to 178 

Heatwave death toll surges to 178 
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As many as 178 people have lost their lives due to heat-related illnesses in Telangana State this summer season, the State Disaster Management...

Hyderabad: As many as 178 people have lost their lives due to heat-related illnesses in Telangana State this summer season, the State Disaster Management Department said on Monday.

  • Nalgonda district tops the chart with 53 deaths, followed with 33
  • Heatwave conditions continue prevail in many parts of the State, says IMD

The casualties climbed from 143 to 178 after fresh deaths were reported largely from Nalgonda district. The last count of 143 was reported on Friday, an official said. "These deaths were confirmed by a three-member committee. Nalgonda district tops the chart with 53 deaths followed by Mahbubnagar with 33," an official in the disaster management's control room said.

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) heatwave conditions prevailed in many parts of Khammam and Karimnagar districts of Telangana. There was no major change in maximum temperatures over the State and that they were appreciably above normal at a few places in the State. The highest maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius was recorded at Ramagundam.

Rain occurred at isolated places over the state and Kondurg in Mahabubnagar district received three centimetres of rainfall, the IMD said in its daily report. Heatwave conditions are "very likely" to continue in districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Khammam, Warangal, Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad, Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar for the next two days, the IMD said.

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