In­dia swel­ter­ing as mer­cury rises past 50

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Au­thor­i­ties have shut schools, sprin­kled wa­ter in streets and rushed a wa­ter train to a parched state in western In­dia where scorch­ing tem­per­a­tures have reached up to 51C. Sev­eral hos­pi­tals in the desert state of Ra­jasthan have set aside beds to treat heat­stroke pa­tients. Tele­vi­sion footage yes­ter­day showed pa­tients be­ing wheeled in on stretch­ers, with paramedics cover­ing them with ice packs and pour­ing wa­ter on them in an at­tempt­ing to bring down body tem­per­a­tures. Farm­ers con­tinue to strug­gle with the drought. JP Gupta, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist in Luc­know, the cap­i­tal of north­ern Ut­tar Pradesh state, said the heat­wave will re­main in­tense un­til next week, when dust storms may bring re­lief from soar­ing tem­per­a­tures. The main sum­mer months in In­dia - April, May and June - are al­ways ex­cru­ci­at­ingly hot across most of the coun­try, be­fore mon­soon rains bring cooler tem­per­a­tures.

SUF­FER­ING: A school­girl in Jammu, dur­ing the heat­wave

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