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India feels the heat as temperatures surge

The heat wave has hit India. Power outages and non-availability of air conditioners in parts of the country add to the temperatures that hover around 40 degrees Celsius.

INDIA: The heat wave has hit India. Power outages and non-availability of air conditioners in parts of the country add to the temperatures that hover around 40 degrees Celsius.

It is just the beginning of the summer season and capital New Delhi has already had its hottest day, recording a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius.

That is three degrees above normal.

Delhi resident Hitesh Kumar said: "Just one week ago the weather was relatively cold, but it has become hot now, really fast. May and June will be worse than this."

The blistering heat has affected parts of eastern India as well, including the Buddhist holy town of Bodh Gaya.

Even though there are ways and means to beat the heat, the soaring temperature is feared to keep the pilgrims away.

Priyapal Bhiku, a Buddhist monk, said: "The situation is such that if you step out in the heat, you may have to be rushed to the hospital, which is why the number of tourists visiting Bodh Gaya is minimal this season."

The eastern province of Odisha is among the worst hit.

30 people have reportedly lost their lives to the intense heat over the last 10 days.

The provincial government has declared that all schools will remain closed and non-air conditioned buses are to remain off roads from 11am to 3pm.

However, the scorching heat is a blessing in disguise for some people, providing them with much-awaited moments of intense fun and frolic in nearby ponds.

Also, for food lovers, it is time to enjoy the seasonal fruits and drinks, like watermelon and sugarcane juice.  

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