HYDERABAD: Since April, 27 people have died of sunstroke this summer in Telangana. While nine cases have been confirmed, 18 are under enquiry by district collectors.
If we compare the ratio with previous years, the deaths are fewer this year as there was no severe heatwave in the state. Last year, over 100 deaths were reported in April and May due to sunstroke.
Telangana principal secretary (disaster management and relief) commissioner, RV Chandravadan, said: “At least 27 deaths due to sunstroke were reported this year in April and May. So far, nine deaths were confirmed and the rest are under verification by district collectors.”
For sunstroke and heatwave victims, the government gives a monetary relief of ₹50,000 under Apathbandhu Scheme.
“There have been no heatwave days in Telangana this year. Only one day in Adilabad the temperature crossed five degrees above normal, but it didn’t sustain for more than two days. Hence we did not declare heatwave. Heatwave is declared when the temperature goes up by five degrees above normal,” IMD Hyderabad director YK Reddy.
Temperature above 45-degree Celsius is considered as a heatwave and above 47-degree Celsius as a severe heatwave.