Several parts of India has been reeling under an unusually early and brutal heat wave while acute power shortages are jeopardising lives of millions. Demand for electricity surges to record levels.
A worker quenches his thirst next to power lines as a heatwave continues to lashes the capital, in New Delhi.
A construction worker walks across a mirage created on a road due to very hot weather in New Delhi.
A woman and a man drag a sack of coal at a coal depot in Ahmedabad. Supplies of coal at many thermal power plants are running perilously low, spawning daily power outages in several states. The shortages are sparking scrutiny of India’s long reliance on coal, which produces 70% of the country’s electricity.
A woman works at a coal depot in Ahmedabad.
A train transporting coal moves through the Indian capital, New Delhi.
A man and a boy walk across an almost dried up bed of river Yamuna following hot weather in New Delhi.
A laborer transports water cooler fans on a hot day in New Delhi.
A thermal power station of Torrent Power Limited is seen behind as a man fishes in river Sabarmati in Ahmedabad.
A defunct power station is seen on far left as cattle cool off in the Yamuna river on a hot day in New Delhi.