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These Photos Show How People Are Coping With Extreme Heat Across South Asia

Record-high temperatures have been plaguing India and Pakistan for weeks, and show no sign of ending any time soon.

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Temperatures soared to 124 degrees Fahrenheit (51 degrees Celsius) in the desert state of Rajasthan over the past few days.

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Last Thursday was the hottest day ever recorded in India.


In some areas roads melted and people became stuck in tar as they attempted to cross.

Pedestrians in Gujarat's Valsad had a nasty surprise waiting for them on Saturday

In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, 109 heat-related deaths have been reported. In western Gujarat state, 17 heatstroke deaths were reported.

Officials issued "severe heatwave" warnings across large areas of the country over the weekend.

India declares a heatwave when the maximum temperature hits 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius).

In Pakistan the heatwave has been so intense that people have undertaken grim preparations for the worst.

Akhtar Soomro / Reuters

Gravediggers have begun digging mass graves in case the heatwave kills many. Last year, more than 1,300 people died in Karachi during a similar heatwave.

April, May, and June are the hottest months in South Asia, before the monsoon season brings cooler temperatures.

But recent temperatures have been unusually high, even for the region.

Alicia Melville-Smith is a homepage editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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