Searing heat and drought grips India

28th April 2016 Last updated at 11:41
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With fatal heat and crippling drought firmly assailing many parts of India and South East Asia, the Indian government has ordered the closure of schools and halted outdoor working.

Temperatures have regularly hit the mid-forties degrees as the heat related death toll climbs above 100.

Drinking water is running short and hydro-electric and thermal power plants are starting to grind to a halt.

BBC Weather's John Hammond reports.