Scorching temperatures in India have killed 1,300 people

INDIA (KUSI) – More than 1,300 people have died in southern India since April when hot temperatures scorched the country.

According to officials, the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have been hit with the hottest temperatures.

Deputy Chief Minister Nimmakayala Chinna Rajappa said 550 people have died in Andhra Pradesh since May 13.

A top state official in Telangana, Bhambal Ram Meena, said about 215 heat-related deaths have been reported since April 15.

According to CBS News, daily temperatures in both states have hit between 113 and 118 degrees Fahrenheit.

Officials have urged people to stay hydrated and remain indoors as much as possible.

Weather officials predict the sweltering temperatures are likely to continue for at least another week.

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