May 20, 2016

It's so hot in India, farmers are killing themselves

Rajasthan
Maharashtra
Gujarat
India
by
Ian Johnston
,
The Independent
A boy jumps into cooling water in Delhi amid the ongoing heatwave Photo: AP
A boy jumps into cooling water in Delhi amid the ongoing heatwave Photo: AP

India has set a new record for its highest-ever recorded temperature – a searing 51 degrees Celsius or 123.8F – amid a devastating heatwave that has ravaged much of the country for weeks.

Hundreds of people have died as crops have withered in the fields in more than 13 states, forcing tens of thousands of small farmers to abandon their land and move into the cities.Others have killed themselves rather than go to live in urban shanty towns.

Rivers, lakes and dams have dried up in many parts of the western states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat