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India Heatwave Death Toll Crosses 2,000


An Indian drinks water from a bottle on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India, Sunday, May 31, 2015.

An Indian drinks water from a bottle on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India, Sunday, May 31, 2015.

India waited for the start of the annual monsoon amid a heat wave that has killed more than 2,200 people across the country.

Showers and thunderstorms in parts of southern India Sunday brought some much-needed relief but officials said the intense heat was likely to continue for another day in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.

Daytime temperatures hovered between 45 and 47 degrees Celsius (113-116 Fahrenheit) in parts of the two states during the weekend.

Andhra Pradesh reported 146 more deaths on Saturday, raising the toll 1,636 in an that state alone.

Cooling monsoon rains are expected this week in southern India before gradually advancing north. The monsoon season will last until the end of September.

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