Mega heatwave kills at least 1,100 in India
“All leave has been cancelled for doctor’s and medical staff in India”
All leave has been cancelled for doctor’s and medical staff in India as the country swelters under a deadly heatwave that has so far killed over 1,000 people.
Temperatures have soared to above 47C this week and doctor’s have been called back from holiday to help care for the sick, the Reuters news agency reports.
The toll in Andhra Pradesh alone is 852, officials say.
The death toll in the worst affected states of Andhra Pradesh in the southeast and nearby Telangana is more than double the toll from a shorter hot spell there last year, officials said, with most of those killed elderly or laborers suffering sunstroke or dehydration.
Authorities have canceled doctors’ leave and advised people not to head outside in the middle of the day to avoid the worst of the heat, but for many Indians, staying indoors is not an option.
Courtesy of itv.com