The severe heat has left dozens dead over a 24-hour period in India's Bihar state, as the country enters a third week of flaming temperatures, officials said Sunday, June 16th, according to AFP.
Senior health official Vijay Kumar stated that the deaths occurred in three districts of the poor northern state, where temperatures have wavered around 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in recent days.
Kumar added that 49 people died in three districts of the Magadh region that has been struck by drought, and about 40 more people were being treated at a government-run hospital in Aurangabad.
Most of the victims were aged above 50, and were hospitalised with symptoms of a semi-conscious state, high fever, diarrhoea and vomiting.
According to officials, 27 people died in Aurangabad district, 15 in Gaya, and seven in Nawada district.
State chief minister Nitish Kumar has announced compensation of 400,000 rupees ($5,700) for the family of each victim.
Furthermore, India's health minister Harsh Vardhan urged people not to leave their homes until temperatures fall.
Large parts of northern India have suffered over two weeks of sweaty heat as temperatures have risen above 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in the desert state of Rajasthan.
In 2015, a heatwave left more than 3,500 dead in India and Pakistan.