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No power, no fans, no AC: The villagers fighting to survive India’s deadly heatwaves

Wednesday 6 Jul 22 10:30am


SUMAN SHAKYA wants me to touch the concrete wall of her bedroom, where her one-year-old son lies soaked with sweat. It burns my hand as if it were a hot pan. “Now imagine sitting in front of a hot pan in this weather for as long as it takes to make rotis for the whole family,” she says.

Outside the temperature is 44 °C (111 °F). My throat is dry and my head spins. Sweat pours down my face, getting into my eyes and blurring my vision.

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