The death toll from 113-degree heatwave in India surpasses 1,100.
By SUSANNA KIM
May 27, 2015, 7:08 PM
• 5 min read
-- A devastating heatwave has left more than 1,100 people dead over the past month in India, and photos also show the toll on the country's infrastructure.
Temperatures in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have reached 113 degrees in the past two days, The Associated Press reported. More than 1,100 people have reportedly died in the past month from heat-related causes in those two states, with at least 852 dead in Andhra Pradesh.
Photos show asphalt road surfaces melting in New Delhi, disrupting road markings in the city.
A drought in much of India, along with a busy typhoon season, could spell trouble for a billion people in Asia this summer, according to AccuWeather. Public announcements urge people to drink water and stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day, the AP reported.
El Niño, a warm phase of the fluctuation of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean, is likely leading to an above-average number of typhoons and super-typhoons, AccuWeather reports. But El Niño may displace the already-delayed monsoon, leading to below-normal rainfall in India.
Weather officials blamed northwesterly dry and hot winds from the desert state of Rajasthan for the extreme heat.