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India’s endless summer

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While air-conditioning units are switched on across a hot and bothered UK, those enduring India’s heatwave have been driven to more extreme measures. These residents of Sanjay Colony, New Delhi, scrambled to collect water from a state-supplied tanker amid temperatures that have rarely dropped below 40°C in the past three weeks. Water shortages and power cuts have led to angry demonstrations around the country. This year’s monsoon, already late, is expected to provide less rainfall than usual.

This article appears in the 06 July 2009 issue of the New Statesman, HOWZAT!