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Temps Have Topped 120 In India. How Are They Coping With The Heat Wave?

The changing climate is especially brutal in India. Temperatures are soaring. Asphalt roads are melting. People are dying.
A kid tries to beat the heat in New Delhi on June 15. The changing climate is especially brutal in India. Temperatures are soaring. Asphalt roads are melting. People are dying. Source: Nasir Kachroo

Nobody knows exactly when the truck will arrive. Its schedule varies. But when it pulls up — sometime in the morning and then again after dusk — it's often the neighborhood children, playing cricket in the street, who are first to sound the alarm.

"Tanker! Tanker!" the children yell in unison, alerting their neighbors to a precious delivery from the Indian government: water.

The neighbors all drop what they're doing, grab jerrycans and buckets and get in line. They need to collect enough water for all their washing,

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