The sun’s rays hit the town of Khulna in western Uttar Pradesh, and the town is starting to feel the effects of the intense heat.
It’s been scorching hot for the past couple of days, with the air temperature soaring above 120 degrees Celsius.
“We have got a lot of problems with water and electricity, and we’re struggling to pay our bills,” said Mohammed Ghani, a resident of Khula.
Ghani’s village is in the district of Amritsar.
The power station in Khula, built in 2008 and named after Amrit Singh, the Indian nationalist leader who led a campaign to free India from British rule in the 19th century, has been the main power station for the region since it was completed in 2015.
But in the past two weeks, the power has gone out and Ghani said it’s been too hot to use.
He’s seen some locals go without water for several days.
“It’s become a ghost town,” he said.
In Khulra, the district administration is now trying to make the power plant operational, but said the town has suffered damage.
Ghori said the water supply to the town was already disrupted, and people were having difficulty keeping water and cooking in their homes.
“There’s no electricity at all, so we can’t use the toilet or wash the dishes,” Ghani told Al Jazeera.
“The heat is really, really hot.
The villagers are really stressed.
They don’t know how to get water and the water is so cold.”
The heat is now also affecting the town’s food production.
Ghimre told Al JA that the power station’s water tank has been leaking and it was impossible to get it repaired, which has made the water scarce.
“I have to use the water in the house to get food,” he told Al Jaish.
“My family and I are in a bad state.”
Ghani added that villagers are still facing the threat of disease, which is increasing in the area.
“If the heat stays like this, there will be a lot more of diseases in the village,” he warned.