The heat wave will continue across eastern India today. This includes Orissa, but the most extreme heat will target states to the north. That has heightened fears of more people succumbing to the heat not only from engaging in daily activities, but also from waiting in lines for the nation's elections.
Longer lines are anticipated due to India using electronic voting machines for the first time. Dangerous heat stroke and dehydration are among the heat's threats.
India's national election process takes a full month to accommodate the over 710 million registered voters. People vote on one of five days, depending upon which state they reside in. Today marks the election's second day.
Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski
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