Indian villagers go into forest for pots of water

STORY: Nashik, along with other villages in Maharashtra and central Madhya Pradesh state, are reeling under an acute water shortage owing to the record-breaking heatwave that India is facing.

As temperatures keep soaring, saree-clad women and their children travel by foot to quench their thirst with murky water. The water source has shifted from wells, which are now dried up, to muddy and scanty natural water bodies.

Water crises are not a new phenomenon in India. Many parts of India often experience water shortages, especially in May and June - the country's hottest months.

Scientists have linked the early onset of an intense summer to climate change, and say more than a billion people in India and neighboring Pakistan are in some way at risk from the extreme heat.

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