Death toll from India's heatwave reportedly rises to 2,300

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Death Toll Rises to 2,300 From India's Heatwave

As of Tuesday, more than 2,300 people in India have died due to extreme heat.

The southern Indian state of Andra Pradesh has been the most effected, where CNN reports the death toll now totals more than 1,700, with 42 deaths in just the past 24 hours, and the neighboring state of Telangana has seen nearly 600 deaths.

Temperatures have reportedly reached as high as 114 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the country, while much-needed rainfall has dropped the temperature in New Delhi down to 95.9 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Death toll from India's heatwave reportedly rises to 2,300
NEW DELHI, INDIA - MAY 24: A road melt near Safdarjung Hospital after the Temperature rise to 45 degree Celsius during a hot weather as Delhi/NCR experienced yet another scorching day, on May 24, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The national capital sizzling today as heat wave-like conditions prevailed across the city with mercury hovering above 45.3 degree Celsius, making life tough for the Delhiites. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - MAY 24: Heat rippled mirage was seen at Rajpath during a hot weather as Delhi/NCR experienced yet another scorching day, on May 24, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The national capital sizzling today as heat wave-like conditions prevailed across the city with mercury hovering above 45.3 degree Celsius, making life tough for the Delhiites. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
An Indian boy takes a bath at a fountain at India Gate in New Delhi on May 26, 2015. At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). AFP PHOTO / Chandan KHANNA (Photo credit should read Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian motorcyclists use scarves to protect themselves from the heat in Amritsar on May 26, 2015. At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian policeman stands in the shade at the Indian Defence Ministry in New Delhi on May 26, 2015. Large parts of India, including national capital New Delhi, have endured days of sweltering heat, prompting fears of power cuts. But the highest temperatures have been recorded in Telangana and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh state. AFP PHOTO / Chandan KHANNA (Photo credit should read Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian fishermen catch fish in a shrunken pond in the village of Phaphamau on the outskirts of Allahabad on May 26, 2015. At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). AFP PHOTO/SANJAY KANOJIA (Photo credit should read Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian child cools off in a pond near India Gate amid soaring temperatures in New Delhi on May 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian man covers his face as drives on a scooter under the hot sun in Hyderabad on May 26, 2015. More than 430 people have died in two Indian states from a days-long heatwave that has seen temperatures nudging 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), officials said May 25. Officials warned the toll was almost certain to rise, with figures still being collected in some parts of the hard-hit Telangana state in the south of the country, and with no end in sight to the searing conditions AFPHOTO/ Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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According to The Indian Express, the number of reported deaths jumped shortly after the government announced relatives of heatwave victims would receive 100,000 rupees.

The government has warned citizens to drinks lots of water and use umbrellas to protect their bodies from heat if they need to go outside.

According to USA Today, a significant portion of the population is made up of wage workers who can't afford to stop working and stay home.

With the death toll climbing, this is now the deadliest heat wave in India ever.

The country's second deadliest heat wave came in 1998, when just over 2,500 people perished. The deadliest heat wave in the world occurred in 2003 when more than 71,000 people died across Europe.

India usually sees its hottest months from April through the end of May before monsoon season strikes in the beginning of June.

Relief from the heat is expected to come Friday, when forecasters predict monsoon rains will hit India, which is later than most years.

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