Death Toll Climbs to Nearly 800 from Heat Wave

A relief official says a two-week heat wave in southern India has claimed nearly 800 lives.

Hundreds of people are being treated for dehydration and sunstroke.

Temperatures have been as high as 118 degrees. And forecasters say there won't be any relief for another two days.

Last year, a heat wave in the same area killed more than one-thousand people, most of them elderly.

The heat has also taken a toll on the poultry industry, killing at least one-point-four (m) million chickens.

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