May 30, 2015

India heat wave tests water supply as deaths near 2,000

Chandrapur, Maharashtra1
Jharsuguda, Odisha1
Hyderabad, Telangana
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh3
Khammam, Telangana1
New Delhi, Delhi1
Daltonganj, Jharkhand
Palamau, Madhya Pradesh
Nagpur, Maharashtra1
India
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Al Jazeera
Thousands of water tankers were delivering supplies to more than 4,000 villages and hamlets facing acute water shortages Image: AFP
Thousands of water tankers were delivering supplies to more than 4,000 villages and hamlets facing acute water shortages Image: AFP

Dizzying temperatures have caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weeks-long heat wave to at least 1,826, officials have said...Meteorological officials have called the heat wave "severe" and warned that it would continue for at least another two days across a huge swath of the South Asian country from Tamil Nadu in the south to the Himalayan foothill state of Himachal Pradesh.