Scorching heat lets harvest wither and leads to devastating fires
In the past days, the thermometer climbed to almost unbelievable 48 degrees Celsius in the district of Guntur in the Indian state of Hyderabad. The people in this comparably underdeveloped rural region suffer from the unbearable heat - in particular those, who have very little in any case: water is becoming scarce because the few available wells have almost run dry. And the harvest withers because the plants cannot be sufficiently watered. However, the most immediate threat to the people comes from fires, which ignite the bone-dry leaf canopies covering the huts. Last week, several fires raged around Chilakaluripet, robbing many families of their homes and possessions. After the fires had been put out, wortundtat helpers came to three villages to distribute food parcels and clothing, thereby relieving the pain and providing initial aid to many who had lost everything in the fires. About 220 families were grateful for the speedy and uncomplicated support.