Wildlife

South Asia Heat

Wildlife rescuers in western India’s Gujarat state say they are picking up large numbers of dehydrated and exhausted birds that have fallen from the sky as the region remains in the grip of unprecedented heat.

Birds that were still alive were treated with water injections into their mouths and fed vitamin tablets. The heat has also been responsible for the deaths of more than two dozen humans across India.

Since the country suffered its hottest March in more than 100 years, the relentless heat has caused water shortages, power cuts and widespread misery, with temperatures soaring well above 40 degrees most days.

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