Apr 29, 2016

Indian heat wave claims more lives as drought worsens

Odisha
India
by
Rishi Iyengar
,
TIME
A village boy baths in the remaining water of a dried pond to beat the heat in the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar on April 23, 2016. Photo: Getty Images
A village boy baths in the remaining water of a dried pond to beat the heat in the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar on April 23, 2016. Photo: Getty Images

A heat wave sweeping several parts of India has taken more lives, with 16 deaths due to sunstroke recorded across two states...

The heat wave has further exacerbated a crippling drought — the worst in at least four decades — in the country’s West, destroying crops and killing livestock that the state’s sizable agrarian community is almost completely dependent on. Temperatures are already far higher than they were the same time last year, according to Reuters, with the traditionally hottest months of May and June yet to come