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Heat wave toll climbs in A.P.

New Delhi June 1. The toll in the current heat wave sweeping parts of the country inched towards the 800 mark in Andhra Pradesh today, while it showed little signs of abating in northern India, with the mercury rising to unbearable levels in Orissa.

With two more deaths reported in Guntur district, the toll in Andhra Pradesh was officially put at 797. Guntur alone has so far recorded 114 deaths, as mercury soared to 48 degrees Celsius. Parts of Orissa lay reeling under the heat wave, with Titlagarh registering 48.1 degrees.

While the toll in Orissa so far was officially stated to be 10, official sources said they were verifying reports of over 120 sunstroke deaths. The mercury, which touched a sizzling 49.6 at Titlagarh on Saturday, dipped slightly to 48.1 today even as the temperatures in places like Sambalpur (46.5) and Jharsuguda (46.0) remained much above the normal.

As the heat wave took a firm hold on North India, two more persons including an 80-year-old woman, died in Allahabad, which recorded a maximum temperature of 45 degree Celsius.

With no signs of a let-up, the mercury soared to 46.2 degree Celsius in Hissar, Haryana. Amritsar too recorded four degrees above normal, at 44 degree Celsius.

Chandigarh and Ambala were two degrees above normal at 42.2 degree Celsius and 43.2 degree Celsius, according to the Meteorological Department here. The heat wave conditions were likely to remain unchanged for the next two days.

The blistering heat wave continued to lash Rajasthan, as mercury climbed to 46 degree Celsius at Dholpur today. Dust storms aggravated the heat wave conditions in Churu, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Kota, Ajmer and Pilani.

Jaipur recorded the highest temperature of the season with 44 degree Celsius this afternoon. At almost all places in the State, the maximum temperature varied between 43 and 45 degree Celsius.

However, with a squall hitting the Bikaner division, Sriganganagar experienced a moderate 8 mm of rainfall last night. — PTI

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