With temperatures reaching nearly 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), India and Pakistan are seeing the hottest heat waves in history.
People stop working during the hottest hours of the day and schoolchildren are sent home hours early. Cattle are dying from heat exhaustion and dehydrated birds are falling from the sky.
“It’s really a sort of unbearable heat. During the daytime, many people are absent from the roads. It’s quite excruciating,” said Murali Krishnan, a DW correspondent usually based in New Delhi.
When we spoke, Krishnan was in Gujarat, one of the hottest parts of the country, and he