Hyderabad - India's brutal weeks-long heatwave has killed more than 2 000 people, authorities say as the government launched a mass education campaign to help people cope with scorching temperatures. Hundreds of mainly poor people die at the height of summer every year in India, but this year's toll is the second highest in India's history and fifth most in recorded history globally, according to EM-DAT, an international disaster database.Highest figureThe southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, which have so far borne the brunt of the heatwave, accounted for 1 979 deaths. A further 17 people were killed in Orissa, eastern India, while nine people were reported dead elsewhere in the country, taking the death toll to 2 005.A total of 2 541 people died in 1998 due to extreme temperatures, the highest figure in India's history, according to EM-DAT."There is no alarming situation at present. The heat has come down, and we're seeing fewer new patients come in with heat stroke," said JV Subbarao, a top official at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences. On Saturday, maximum temperatures across India hovered around 45°C, with forecasters in New Delhi warning that searing temperatures would continue next week across several states.Maximum temperatureHundreds of people, mainly from the poorest sections of society, die at the height of summer every year across India, while tens of thousands suffer power cuts from an overburdened electricity grid. India declares a heatwave when the maximum temperature hits 45°C, or five degrees higher than the average for the area in previous years.The annual monsoon is forecast to hit the southern state of Kerala this week before sweeping across the country, but it will be weeks before the cooling rains reach India's arid plains.