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India’s heatwave exposes divide in access to cooling equipment

A labourer sleeps at an air cooler market on a hot summer day in New Delhi [File: Adnan Abidi/Reuters] As the scorching sun beat down on his fruit cart, Mohammad Ikrar dreaded another day of tossing out dozens of rotting mangoes and melons – a regular practice as India grappled with an unprecedented heatwave this month. The 38-year-old does not own a refrigerator, meaning his fruit quickly spoils. By the end of the day, any leftover produce is usually only good to be fed to passing stray cows. Since April, Ikrar said he has lost up to 3,000 rupees […]

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