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More than 1,100 people dead as summer temperatures soar in India

  • May 27, 2015: An Indian man swims in the River Yamuna on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India. Hundreds of people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday.

    May 27, 2015: An Indian man swims in the River Yamuna on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India. Hundreds of people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday.  (AP)

  • Children whose school is under construction sit in the shade of a tree for classes on a hot summer day near Badshahpur, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. In southern India, hundreds of people have died since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

    Children whose school is under construction sit in the shade of a tree for classes on a hot summer day near Badshahpur, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. In southern India, hundreds of people have died since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)  (The Associated Press)

  • A young boy, son of a laborer, walks to a water pump to fill his bottle with drinking water on a hot summer day in Ghasera, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. In southern India, hundreds of people have died since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

    A young boy, son of a laborer, walks to a water pump to fill his bottle with drinking water on a hot summer day in Ghasera, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. In southern India, hundreds of people have died since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)  (The Associated Press)

Soaring summer temperatures in India have left over 1,100 people dead over the past month, officials said Wednesday.

Most of the deaths have been reported in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana.

More than 852 people have died from the stifling heat in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, a government statement said. In neighboring Telengana 266 have died from heat-related causes, Bhambal Ram Meena, a top official in the disaster management department, said.

Over the last two days temperatures in both states have reduced marginally but continue to hover near 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

Public announcements have urged people to drink water and try and avoid going outdoors during the hottest hours of the day.

Hot, dry winds have also swept across New Delhi and most parts of north and central India. In the cities, large crowds of office workers gather around stalls selling cold fruit drinks and iced water.

Weather officials say the sweltering temperatures are likely to continue for at least another week. Monsoon rains, expected to arrive in the southern state of Kerala in the first week of June, should bring some respite. The monsoon season runs through September as the rains gradually cover the entire country.