"Anger Rises as India Swelters Under Record Heatwave"

"Swathes of north India are sweltering under the longest heatwave on record, triggering widespread breakdowns in the supply of electricity and increasingly angry protests over the government's failure to provide people with basic services.

The power crisis and heatwave, which some activists say has caused dozens of deaths, is one of the first major challenges for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was elected three weeks ago partly on promises to provide reliable electricity supplies.

In Delhi, where temperatures have hit 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) for six days straight, residents marched through the streets in protests organized by opposition parties on Thursday. In the north of the city, people enraged by night-long outages clashed with police and torched a bus, media reported."

Tommy Wilkes reports for Reuters June 13, 2014.


"India Heat Wave Breaks Records, Causes Blackouts and Riots" (Weather Channel)

Source: Reuters, 06/16/2014