Deadly heatwave sweeps India

At least 24 people have died in a scorching heat wave sweeping half a dozen Indian states.

The highest temperature of 49C was recorded in Bundelkhand district of northern Uttar Pradesh state.

At least five people have died from heat stroke in the state, according to Raja Ram Srivastava, a revenue department official.

Authorities said four people died in eastern Orissa state. Thirty-nine other suspected heat wave deaths are being investigated.

In northern Bihar state, at least 15 people have died in 10 days of intense heat.

As temperatures have soared, most parts of north and central India have suffered severe water and power shortages, leading to protests by residents, news reports said.

Forecasters said the sweltering conditions were likely to continue for at least two more days.

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