AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout An Indian boy drinks water collected from a government water supply tap at an impoverished settlement on a hot summer day in Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday.
May 30, 2015 11:36:59 PM
HYDERABAD, India -- Showers and thunderstorms in parts of southern India on Saturday helped eased a weekslong summer heat wave that has claimed nearly 2,000 lives.
The intense heat, however, was expected to continue in some areas of worst-hit Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states for another 24 hours, said Y.K. Reddy, an Indian Meteorological Department director.
Heat-related conditions, including dehydration and heat stroke, have killed at least 1,490 people in Andhra Pradesh and 489 in Telangana since mid-April, according to state officials.
Daytime temperatures hovered between 104 and 113 degrees in the two states on Saturday, after soaring to as high as 118 degrees earlier in the week, the meteorological department said.
Cooling monsoon rains are expected next week in southern India before gradually advancing north. The monsoon season will last until the end of September.
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