Indian laborers sleep in a shade during a break in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Thursday.
At least 36 people have died in a heatwave in India, where temperatures this summer have reached their highest ever recorded, officials said.
A month-long heatwave has gripped the nation, with northern cities and territories feeling the brunt of the scorching temperatures.
In Delhi, temperatures have hit 118 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest ever recorded in the city. In Rajasthan, temperatures have topped 120 degrees.
After the deaths, climate change experts and activists urged Indian cities to implement emergency heat plans, including text message alerts and cooling stations.
“Cities bear the brunt of a heatwave because they are so densely populated, and because the effects are more pronounced,” said Sayantan Sarkar, who helped develop the country’s first heat action plan.
“But not all cities have the capacity to implement the measures needed, and the lack of comprehensive medical records makes it harder to target vulnerable groups such as the homeless and migrant workers,” he added.
Heatwaves typically hit the country from April to June, prior to the monsoon season.