Worst hit was India's impoverished eastern state of Orissa, where almost 100 people were reported killed from the heat.
Reuters AlertNet 2005/06/19
The eastern state of Orissa was worst affected with the local government confirming atleast 75 deaths. Unofficial reports put the toll at more than 300.
BBC News 2005/06/19
They said the eastern state of Orissa was the worst affected with 75 confirmed deaths so far this summer.
In the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh, at least 35 people have died of sunstroke and dehydration.
At least 125 people have died of sunstroke and dehydration as high temperatures sweep many parts of the country.
The death toll in the heat wave sweeping Orissa reached 52 on Saturday with the state's Talcher town recording the day's highest temperature of 48 degrees Celsius, an official said.
Xinhua News 2005/05/27
"We have received reports of 137 deaths by sunstroke from different sources. However, only 30 have been confirmed by the district administrations concerned," said Subash Chandra Biswal, officer on special duty in the revenue control room.
Xinhua News 2005/05/23
At least 35 people have died from sunstroke and dehydration in India over the past two weeks with soaring temperatures gripping vast tracts of the country, officials said Saturday.
BBC News 2005/05/17
The government says it has received information that 94 people have died in the heat wave but so far can only confirm 13 deaths.
Reuters AlertNet 2005/05/17
Most of the casualties were elderly women, beggars, street children and vendors, said a revenue official from the state's worst affected Mahboobnagar district.