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HYDERABAD, India – Officials say about 230 people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping two southeast Indian states.
The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh state, Chandrababu Naidu, says more than 100 people have died in the last week in his state. An official in neighboring Telangana state says around 130 deaths have been reported there since April 15.
Day temperatures in Telangana's Khammam district soared to more than 48 degrees Celsius (118 Fahrenheit) on Saturday. The Telangana official said 16 people had died in the district in the past three days.
Health authorities have asked people not to go outside at midday to avoid getting sunstroke due to high temperatures and blistering winds.
Weather authorities say the high temperatures will likely continue for at least another week.