An unbearable and stifling heat wave has killed more than 1,100 people in India in less than one week.
Heat taking toll on the poor
Many of the dead are reported to be poorer people, beggars and the homeless as well as construction workers who are expected to work on building sites in direct sunlight.
About one-third of the country’s 1.2 billion people have access to electricity, meaning millions are enduring the blistering heat without relief.
For those who do have electricity, power has dipped in and out as extra demand to run fans and air conditioning has put pressure on the system, said CNN Mumbai correspondent Mallika Kapur.
Many people without ways to cool their homes are seeking shelter in shops and malls — anything to escape the heat, she said.
Temperatures have been at a sustained high over the past few days, with little change even at night, and are expected to remain high for days, CNN meteorologist Tom Sater said.
India’s monsoons will provide some relief, but the rains are projected to arrive in one more week. Once they hit India’s southeastern coastline, they will likely take a few more weeks to reach the drier northern parts of the country.
State authorities have been advising people to stay indoors and drink water.
Full story at cnn.com
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