In pictures, in pictures. Water shortages, power cuts, birds falling from the sky… India and Pakistan are crushed by a severe heat wave

An unprecedented heat wave. Since late April, entire regions of India and Pakistan have experienced a historic heat wave. These abnormally high temperatures continue during the month of May Which corresponds to the hot dry season in these regions – it is already the hottest month in these most populous regions of South Asia in the world.

In the southern part of Pakistan, it reached 51 degrees in Jacobabad. he is “The highest temperature in 2022 in the world”signals Tweet by Etienne Kapikian, a forecaster in Météo France. In India, the thermometer may rise to 46 degrees in New Delhi on Sunday, May 15, according to forecasts, as in much of the northwest of the country, before the expected improvement with the arrival of the monsoon. Franceinfo returns in pictures to the consequences of this extreme heat.

In Karachi, workers sleep outside to cool off

Workers sleep on the middle of a road during a hot summer morning in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. & nbsp;  (Fred Khan / AFP / Siba / Siba)

In the large Pakistani port city of Karachi, in order for workers to find a little peace at night, workers sleep outside, on mattresses set on the floor of the central reserve between two roads.

The southern province of Sindh and its capital, Karachi, were hit hard by rising temperatures. The Pakistan Meteorological Service (PMD) said the mercury rose above 50 degrees Celsius in Jacobabad on Friday. Nationwide, temperatures range between 6 and 9 degrees Celsius. “above normal”, PMD confirmed. Friday’s thermometer showed around 40 degrees Celsius in the capital Islamabad and other major cities in Karachi (in the south), Lahore (in the east) and Peshawar (in the northwest).

Brilliant flood swept the bridge

In northern Pakistan, rising temperatures are causing a glacial lake to melt. The dam broke, sending waves crashing down the slope and sweeping away everything in its path. In the Gilgit-Baltistan region, on the mountain road connecting the region with western China, the bridge collapsed in the village of Hassanabad.

According to Pakistan’s Minister of Climate Change, Sherry Rehman, 33 out of 7,000 glacial lakes are at risk of flooding. According to her, the heat wave is “Direct consequence of climatic stress”.

In New Delhi, residents are looking for the lowest gray area

Residents vainly search for areas of shade, including resting under a bridge that spans the bed of the Yamuna River in New Delhi, India, on May 10, 2022 (AMARJEET KUMAR SINGH / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

Residents of the Indian capital are searching for the lowest gray area, in order to escape the sweltering heat that hits New Delhi, where it reached 44 degrees. Some rest under a bridge that spans the course of the Yamuna River.

Earlier this week, in neighboring Pakistan, the government called on residents of Lahore to stay in the shadows “During the hottest hours of the day”.

People mobilize to revive pedestrians in Karachi


Under the blazing sun hitting the streets of Karachi, people wear fluorescent jackets on a mission to calm workers and passersby. Pakistani and Indian authorities have warned their citizens of the health risks of high temperatures.

Water shortage in India and Pakistan

A volunteer distributes free drinking water outside a temple in the old quarters of Delhi, India, May 13, 2022 (RAJAT GUPTA/EPA/MAXPPP)

In India, a record heat wave has led to water shortages. Millions of people are affected. Distributions are impromptu, as here outside this temple, located in the old quarters of Delhi.

In Pakistan, the flow of the Indus has decreased by 65% ​​this year “Because of the lack of rain and snow”According to a spokesman for the Department of Irrigation in Punjab Adnan Hassan. Its basin provides 90% of Pakistan’s water supply, according to the United Nations. Lack of water can also affect crops. “There is a real danger of food and crop shortages this year in the country, if this water shortage is to continue.”Adnan Hassan warned.

Power outage due to air conditioners

A worker walks past coal piles at the coal mines of Amrapali in Peeparwar, in the Indian state of Jharkhand, on April 30, 2022. (- / AFP)

The exceptionally hot months in March and April resulted in higher electricity consumption in both India and Pakistan, especially to power energy-starved air conditioners. Coal is running out at power plants to meet demand.

Many Pakistani cities experienced blackouts of up to eight hours a day. ‘The situation across India is appalling’lamented the New Delhi chief minister, who had warned of possible power outages in hospitals and metros in the capital, RTS reports.

Cows run away from the heat…

Cows cool off in a pond to beat a heat wave in Larkana, Pakistan on May 13, 2022 (WAQAR HUSSAIN/MAXPPP)

In Pakistan, in the city of Larkana, these cows cool in a basin to withstand the heat wave. The Pakistani press has reported that sheep have died in the east of the country due to heat stroke and drought in the Cholistan desert in Punjab, the most populous and breadbasket province of Pakistan.

..and birds fall from the sky

A semi-conscious bird lies on the side of the road, victim of heat, in Ahmedabad, India, May 3, 2022 (SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

In India, dehydrated birds fall from the sky and remain dormant on the ground under the sun. In Ahmedabad, a city in the west of the country, At least 50 to 60 birds is taken care of “Daily” At Jivdaya Trust Veterinary Hospital, testifies in Paris Jeera Shah, co-founder of the hospital.

According to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), this record heat wave is “fixed” with climate change.

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