With mercury shooting up over the past few days and unauthorized power cuts, the coastal and Rayalaseema districts of Andhra Pradesh have turned into fire balls and led to a total of 315 deaths since last one week.
Nearly 100 deaths were reported yesterday Sunday, with East Godavari topping the list with 31 deaths and Khammam with 32 deaths. The Government has also directed the district authorities to set up free drinking water stands in district towns and also dispatch mobile drinking water tanks to rural areas to stem the heat wave deaths, said a Government spokesman.
He listed the static Southwest monsoons over Arabian Sea, hot winds blowing froms Mynamar Bay of Bengal and the severe power cuts in the state as the main causes of sudden spurt in heat wave deaths.
The power cuts have pushed up the sale of inverters, generators, battery – powered fans and lights made in China during the last two weeks. The Chinese made set of light-cum-fan, which was cost only Rs 800, is now sold at Rs 2,000.And stocks are running out fast.
The sale of Beer and also ice cream has also touched a new high in coastal and Telagnana districts. As the Election Commission has not permitted increase in supply of liquor and beer to bye poll areas, they were sold at a premium of over 25 per bottle.
The Cyclone Warning Centre (CWC) official at Visakhapatnam said severe heat wave conditions are prevailing over coastal Andhra Pradesh and parts of Telangana. On Saturday, the maximum temperature rose top above 45 degrees celclius at all locations in coastal Andhra Pradesh. Kakinada, Khammam, Adilabad and Rentachintala (in Guntur) recorded the highest temperature of 47 degrees Celsius in the region.
‘Our day begins and also ends with a power cut ‘says Lalita, a working woman and house wife who faced power crisis both at office and also her home.Even secretariat faced a two hour power cut.