Hyderabad: The intense heatwave sweeping through many parts of the country has claimed 1,242 lives over the last few days, with Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Telangana bearing the brunt.

The toll due to heatwave in AP stood at 852, while it was 340 in Telangana, together accounting for 1,192 deaths. In Telangana, 74 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

The heatwave is likely continue for another two days in Telangana and three days in coastal Andhra Pradesh, said Y K Reddy, Director of Meteorological Centre, Hyderabad.

But there will be some respite from the oppressive heat in the form of precipitation within 48 hours.

In AP, Vijayawada recorded 46 degrees Celsius, Bapatla 46, Machilipatnam 46, Guntur 43, Prakasam 43, Nellore 43 and Rajahmundry recorded 43 degrees Celsius. 

In Telangana, Khammam recorded 46 degrees Celsius, Nalgonda 46, Ramagundam 45, Nizamabad 44 and Hyderabad recorded 43 degrees Celsius.

On the other hand, many more people died due to sunstroke and dehydration in AP with Nellore (9) recording the highest followed by Vizianagaram (9) , Prakasam (7), Krishna (5), Vizag (4), East Godavari (4), Kadapa (3), Anantapuram (3), Guntur (3), Kurnool (2), Srikakulam (2)  and Chittoor (2).

In Telangana, 10 people died in Nizamabad, 9 in Khammam, 7 in Nalgonda, 6 in Warangal, 4 in Mahbubnagar, 3 in Adilabad and 1 in Karimnagar.

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