Heat wave claims 169 lives in Andhra

Rs 1 lakh ex gratia announced for families of deceased

 
By M Suchitra
Last Updated: Monday 17 August 2015

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The prevailing heat wave in Andhra Pradesh has claimed 169 lives this summer. State government officials say Vizianagaram is the worst hit district with 45 deaths. East Godavari recorded 27 deaths and Krishna district registered 22 deaths because of sunstroke.

The state government reviewed the situation on Sunday as temperatures touched 45 degrees Celsius in several parts of the state. Deputy Chief Minister K E Krishnamurthy, after the review meeting, announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh to the families of the deceased.

District collectors and revenue officials have been directed to provide medical treatment to people suffering from heat stroke. State officials have also been asked to create awareness among people on how to prevent sunstrokes.

Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department says the heat wave will continue for a couple of days before the south-west monsoon hits the state.


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