India has been scorched by a heat wave in recent weeks that has claimed hundreds of lives and sent Indians scrabbling for any available shade.
Over 1,000 people have died in the severe heat in the past week, and officials are urging people to remain indoors, the BBC reports. In the worst-hit southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, temperatures reached between 113 and 118 degrees Fahrenheit (45 and 48 degrees Celsius). Most of the casualties of the heat wave were killed by heat stroke and dehydration, officials told HuffPost India.
Meteorologists said the sweltering temperatures are expected to remain for several more days, before monsoon rains should arrive in the south and provide some respite, CNN reports. Climate experts told Indian newspaper The Hindustan Times that the country had not experienced such intense heat in a decade.
Take a look at the photos below to see how Indians are coping with the severe heat wave.
Indian fishermen catch fish in a shrunken pond in the village of Phaphamau on May 26, 2015. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian children share an umbrella on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
An Indian rickshaw puller rests under the shade of an overhead bridge in Hyderabad, May 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
An Indian coconut seller sleeps on his pushcart under the shade of a tree in New Delhi, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
An Indian worker throws water outside a resteraunt in Amritsar on May 26, 2015. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian passenger takes a bath beside the rail tracks at a railway station in Jammu, May 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian woman rests on the banks of the River Brahmaputra in Gauhati, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An Indian man wipes sweat off his face on a hot summer day in New Delhi, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
An Indian child dives into water to cool himself off in New Delhi on May 26, 2015.(MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian man rests in the shade on a hot summer day in Hyderabad on May 26, 2015. (NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian woman walks with an umbrella on a hot summer day in Hyderabad on May 26, 2015.(NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian man covers his face as he drives on a scooter under the hot sun in Hyderabad on May 26, 2015. (NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian laborer takes a break as he drinks water to get respite from heat in New Delhi on May 26, 2015.(MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian women use an umbrella to protect themselves from heat in New Delhi on May 26, 2015. (MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian laborers work at a market in the old quarters of New Delhi on May 26, 2015. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)