The scorching heat has already taken its toll on 24 people across the country. Blistering hot, dry winds have swept across most parts of north and central India, wilting plants and forcing people to avoid the outdoors when they can. In the cities, large crowds of office workers gather around stalls selling cold fruit drinks.
The highest temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 Celsius) this week was recorded in Bundelkhand district of northern Uttar Pradesh state. In a bid to appease the rain gods, people are performing various rituals. Gllimpses of a few queer rituals.
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Image: Children lie in sludge as a ritual to induce rain, Nari Bari, about 48 km from Allahabad, Friday, June 26, 2009. At least 24 people have died in a scorching heat wave that has swept through at least half a dozen Indian states, the weather department and officials said Friday.