The heatwave in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has claimed 532 persons so far, with more deaths being reported as several regions of the country reeled under unrelenting summer heat.
There was no respite in sight with India Meteorological Department warning of severe heat wave conditions expected to continue in the two worst-hit southern states.
In Delhi, the maximum temperature was recorded at 43.5°Celsius, a degree less than 21 May, while Palam recorded 46° Celsius.
The heat has claimed most casualties in Andhra Pradesh, where 333 people have died — 42 deaths due to sunstroke. Telangana recorded 199 deaths. Besides, 36 deaths have been reported in Odisha and West Bengal.
Uttar Pradesh continued to reel under sweltering heat with mercury in Allahabad registering 47.7°Celsius.
The steel city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand experienced the hottest day of the season at 44.8° Celsius, four degrees above normal.
Odisha turned into a boiling cauldron as the searing heatwave conditions further intensified on 24 May with the mercury rising above 45°Celsius in nine places and above 40°Celsius in 19 towns.
It may be mentioned that in 2002-2003, around 3000 people died in a heatwave that swept across Andhra Pradesh. The one-week death toll in the state then was the highest ever in India.
The toll in the heatwave in Andhra Pradesh since May 18 rose to 333 — 141 more people succumbed since 21 May, according to AP Disaster Management Department.
Prakasam district recorded the most number of deaths at 57, followed by Visakhapatnam at 53 and Vizianagaram at 40.
Telangana reported the deaths of 71 more people since 24 May, as a result of which the toll went up to 199 in 10 districts of the state, a senior official of State Disaster Management Department said.
Nalgonda district recorded the maximum number of 55 deaths, followed by Khammam district at 43 and Mahabubnagar district at 23. In Hyderabad, two persons have died due to heatwave.