INDIA — A heat wave has killed 1,118 people in India in less than a week, the disaster management authority for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana said Tuesday.
The worst-hit area is the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, where authorities say 852 people have died.
Another 266 have died in the neighboring state of Telangana.
About one-third of the country’s 1.2 billion people have access to electricity, meaning millions of homeless people are enduring the blistering heat without relief, according to CNN. Even those with homes are trying to escape to shops and malls for better ventilation.
India recorded its highest temperature at 117 degrees Fahrenheit Monday, and another wave is expected to hit soon.
However, rains are projected to hit India in about one week. Once the rain hits the coastline, it will likely take a few more weeks to reach the drier northern parts of the country.