Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are facing one of the hottest months of recent times. The heat wave can be gauged by a bizarre incident where a housewife in Telangana has been captured making an omelet on the hot floor outside her house. The incident is from Karimnagar.
This year the two states have been sizzling at record temperatures. As per the forecast issued by the Hyderabad Meteorological Centre, the peak temperature at most locations across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is likely to hover in between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius.
Districts like Medak, Adilabad, Hanamkonda, Mahabubnagar, and Ramagundem were the worst with temperatures hovering consistently above 40 degrees. Bhadrachalam, Nalgonda, and Khammam were no better.
AP capital Hyderabad also sizzled and on Thursday the maximum temperature was recorded at 43 degrees. It was the highest in 43 years for April. All the districts of Telangana are experiencing temperatures which are five degrees above the normal for these times of the year.
The peninsular India, which includes Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Marathwada, Vidarbha and isolated regions of Karnataka, have been experiencing unprecedented heat waves according to private weather forecasting agency Skymet.
The heat wave conditions have forced the closure of schools early and instead of April 23; the government closed the schools early from April 16 to June 12 when the monsoon are scheduled to hit the state. The labor department has also issued an order banning laborers from working on construction sites from 11 AM to 3 PM.
The heat wave has so far claimed 35 lives in Telangana, according to an official report on Wednesday. However there is some relief in the coming two days, and the weather office has forecast light to moderate rain.
The prevailing heat wave has already claimed over 100 lives in the two states.