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More than 2,000 killed in Indian heat wave - June 2, 2015

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The death toll from the heat wave in peak summer in India crossed 2,300, according to a report on June 2. Of these, more than 1,700 died in the worst-affected Andhra Pradesh state in the south. In neighboring Telangana, about 600 people died. Temperatures as high as 45.5 degrees Celsius were recorded in the national capital of Delhi as large parts of the country faced extremely hot conditions. Many of the dead are believed to be daily-wage casual labour who are forced to work in the heat, along with the elderly and homeless. According to the Emergency Events Database, this was the world's fifth deadliest recorded heat wave. The most lethal heat wave occurred in Europe in 2003, claiming 71,310 lives. India's deadliest heat wave claimed 2,541 lives in 1998. Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/25/asia/india-heatwave-deaths/ India, Indian heat wave, India temperatures, India summer, death toll