Indians seek relief as heat wave death toll passes 1,400

Global News

WATCH: Soaring summer temperatures in India have left over 1,100 people dead over the past month, officials said on Wednesday. Most of the deaths have been reported in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana.

HYDERABAD, India – Eating onions, lying in the shade and crowding into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool amid a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.

Meteorological officials said the heat would likely continue for several more days – warping asphalt roads, scorching crops and endangering anyone labouring outdoors.

Officials warned people to stay out of the sun, cover their heads and drink plenty of water, but India’s widespread poverty was forcing many to work despite the high temperatures.

“Either we have to work, putting our lives under threat, or we go without food,” farmer Narasimha said in the badly hit Nalgonda district…

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