India heat wave death toll surpasses 1,800, crisis response questioned

A heat wave in the South Asian country has left nearly 2,000 dead after a week of scorching temperatures. But some are concerned the government’s response is not doing enough to ease the crisis.

A heat wave stretching across India, from Himachal Pradesh in the north to Tamil Nadu in the south, has left more than 1,800 people dead.

Many of the victims’ have died from heat stroke and dehydration after temperatures topped 47 Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit) in the South Asian country.

The extreme weather caused water shortages in more than 4,000 villages, prompting thousands of water tankers to deliver critical supplies in the central state of Maharashtra, officials from the state water department told Press Trust of India.
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