India’s roads melt as record-breaking heat wave continues, which set a new record for the country’s highest-ever recorded temperature is melting tarmac on the roads of some of India’s busiest cities.
Indian children bathe at a public fountain on a hot afternoon in Lucknow of India has been suffering from a heat wave for weeks along with a severe drought that has decimated crops, killed livestock and left at least 330 million Indians without enough water for their daily needs. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Rivers, lakes and dams have dried up in many parts of the western states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The Wall Street Journal estimates that 330 million people in India live in areas affected by extreme heat.
The main summer months — April, May and June, are always excruciatingly hot across most of the country, before monsoon rains bring cooler temperatures.
Video footage from NDTV shows people becoming trapped on a melting road surface as their shoes stick in the softening tarmac.
The record – a scorching 51C – was set in the city of Phalodi, in the western state of Rajasthan. The previous high was 50.6C in 1956 in the city of Alwar, also in Rajasthan, has caused temperatures to rise as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas. The intense heat caused a street in Valsad to melt.