Saturday, 11 June 2016

The 51C heatwave that's melting India

A severe heatwave has set off new records in India, so much so that the roads beneath pedestrians are literally melting like wet cement.
In the footage above, pedestrians' footwear can be seen actually sinking into the tarmac as they walk due to how hot it is.
For farmers in particular, the effects have been widespread and devastating, worsening poverty and even prompting suicide.
The Indian government has estimated that as much as 25 per cent of the country - 330 million Indians - could be affected by the shortages.\
Temperatures in the northern desert province of Rajasthan have soared to 51C, the highest in the country's recorded history, and the third-highest temperature ever documented on Earth.
Temperatures across much of northern India have exceeded 40C for weeks. With much of the country densely-populated, this only makes the problem worse.

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