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Extreme heat kills 25 in India


At least 25 people have died from extreme heat in the western Indian state of Maharashtra since late March, officials said on Tuesday.

Various states experience hot temperatures ranging from 42-46 degrees Celsius (107.6-114.8 degrees Fahrenheit).

The highest death toll of 15 people was reported in the Vidarbha region, six in the Marathwada region and four in northern Maharashtra, according to official data.

A total of 381 cases of heat stroke were recorded in the state.

“Post-mortem reports of six people have confirmed that they have died from heatstroke. We have not received any reports of the remaining 19 people,” an official said.

Dr. Pradeep Awate, the state’s supervisory officer said: “Some areas of the state are facing some of the most extreme summers in decades.”

Chandrapur district is the area most affected by the heatwave with temperatures approaching 46 degrees Celsius.

Various states including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Delhi have recorded unprecedented high temperatures this year.

In March, the average maximum temperature in a month was the highest in 122 years.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that temperatures in various states in recent weeks remained 3-6 Celsius above normal.

IMD has forecast temperatures could touch 47 Celsius in central India in the next few days.

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