international news1Heatwave conditions continue to sweep India where more than 1,100 people have died in the past week, officials say. Although temperatures have marginally fallen in the worst-hit states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, they continue to hover around 45C (113F).

Clouds have formed over some parts of the two states and weather officials say pre-monsoon showers are likely to provide some relief in the coming days.  At least 24 people have died from the heat in West Bengal and Orissa too.

Heatwave conditions have also been prevailing in large parts of India, including in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Rajasthan and the capital, Delhi, with temperatures nearing 50C (122F) in some areas in the past week.

Hospitals have been put on alert to treat heatstroke patients and authorities have advised people to stay indoors.

Officials say the majority of the victims are people who have been exposed to the sun directly, usually aged 50 and above and from the working classes.