India's heat wave drags on, with sprinkles of relief

PEREPALLY - Mallayia Baddula sits barefoot beneath the shelter of his hut in Perepally, a small village outside Hyderabad.

He's 76-years old and mourning the death of his son Venkatesham, who at half his age succumbed to the heat during the recent hot, dry spell.

"He had gone to get some medicine for me," Baddula told CNN. "I am informed that he died of sunstroke."

Venkatesham is one of the 70 people who have died in the district of Nalgonda, and one of the 340 deaths recorded in Telangana state.

The 38-year old was the family's breadwinner. Now the elderly grandfather will have to find a way to provide for his own wife and two grandchildren -- a 13-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy. The children lost their mother several years ago.

"Now I have to look after my family. Only God knows how will I do it," he said.

At least 1,020 people have died in the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh, along with 11 in Odisha, taking the national toll from this heat wave to 1,371.

The highest maximum temperature recorded on Wednesday was 47 C or 116.6 F, at Daltonganj in eastern state of Jharkhand and Titlagarh in Odisha.

Daytime temperatures were up to 7 C higher than average in coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh State, said meteorological chief B.P. Yadav. However, in coming days, temperatures in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were expected to fall up to 2 C, he said.

Earlier this week, it got so hot in Delhi that roads started showing signs of melting.

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