Hyderabad: With temperatures soaring beyond the 40-degree mark, almost all the districts in the State have been experiencing a gruelling summer.
Hot weather is likely to continue during the weekend as heat wave conditions have been forecast for 48 hours from Sunday.
The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) employees, especially the coal miners engaged in both the underground mines and the opencast mines, have been bearing the brunt of the oppressive weather conditions.
The SCCL trade unions led by TBGKS made representations to the company authorities for effecting changes in the shift timings so that the miners are not exposed to harsh sun.
The company has already started distribution of butter milk and ORS sachets to the mining employees at their work places enabling them to beat the summer effect.
The SCCL employees working in underground and open cast coal mines work in three shifts. The employees were asking for the change in first and second shift timings, which falls between 7.30 am to 3.30 pm and 3.30 pm to 11.30 pm.
Adilabad registered highest temperature of 44 degrees Celsius during the past 24 hours ( ending at 8.30 am on Friday).
Temperatures recorded at other major centres are- 42 degrees in Bhadrachalam, 43 in Nizamabad, 42 in Nalgonda, Medak, Mahabubnagar, Hanamkonda, Bhadrachalam and 41 in Hyderabad.
Maximum temperature recorded in the minining areas of Kothagudem, Yellandu, Manuguru and Sathupalli are uniformly above 40 degree Celsius. They are likely to increase in May.