40 are dead in India heat wave

April 25, 1999

NEW DELHI, India -- Scorching temperatures hit several states in India, killing at least 40 people, Press Trust of India news agency said yesterday.

The worst hit was the eastern coastal state of Orissa, where 28 people died in the past week as daytime temperatures soared to 111 degrees, PTI said.

Ten deaths were reported in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and two in Gujarat state in western India in the past two days, PTI said.

India suffers frequent power outages and insufficient drinking water in most cities and towns during the summer. Last year, those protesting the problems took to the streets and burned police vehicles in New Delhi.

The heat spell could continue until monsoon rains hit the coast of south India in June, but the rains were not expected to reach the plains of northern India until later.

Pub Date: 4/25/99

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