Residents of Delhi will continue to reel under searing temperatures Wednesday, with power and water shortage in many areas adding to their woes.
With no rains for another week, the city is parched and its residents are asking for some relief.
"Today the maximum temperature is 44.6 degrees Celsius, four notches above average and the minimum 28.8 degree celsius, one notch above average. No rains are expected for this week and the temperature may rise," said an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
"Sometimes there is no power for a whole day. Even power backups stop working if not charged. When there is no electricity, how do we charge them," said Alka Singh, a resident of the R.K. Puram area.
An official from the electricity board said one of the reasons for power shortage is that rising temperatures are melting the electric wires, which takes time to change.
The same is the case with the acute water shortage. "The groundwater level is going down because of no rains and such high temperatures. As it is there are no water bodies in the city to balance this water shortage," the met official said.
The northern and central regions of the country are witnessing a severe heat wave.