Labouring against a wall of heat

Indian labourers working in a brick field during a hot afternoon in Nagda village, 55km north of Kolkata in eastern India, yesterday. The summer, or pre-monsoon season, occurs from March to July in eastern India, with highest daytime temperatures ran
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Indian labourers working in a brick field during a hot afternoon in Nagda village, 55km north of Kolkata in eastern India, yesterday. The summer, or pre-monsoon season, occurs from March to July in eastern India, with highest daytime temperatures ranging from 38 to 45 deg C. Extreme heat has also gripped many parts of India, with a high of 48.6 deg C recorded on Monday in Khajuraho in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile, in Delhi and much of northern India, daytime temperatures have been above 40 deg C for the past week.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2018, with the headline 'Labouring against a wall of heat'. Print Edition | Subscribe