"Life has become a hell," says 75-year-old Lachaiah, a villager in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which is suffering one of its worst heat waves in recent memory.
"There is no work for farm hands like me. Even if I dare to come out to look for work, there is no guarantee I will return home alive."
More than 1,000 people have died in Andhra Pradesh in the three-week heat wave. Hundreds more have been hospitalised, stretching resources to the limit.