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South-East Asia and India struck by worst drought in decades – in pictures

Almost a quarter of India's population is now affected by drought, says the government Image: REUTERS/Pring Samrang

Jenny Soffel

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 A girl carries a metal pitcher filled with water through a field in Latur
A girl carries water through a field in Latur, India Image: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
 Boys cool off under a water fountain on a hot summer evening in New Delhi
Boys cool off under a water fountain in New Delhi, India Image: REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
 Residents hold plastic hoses as they fetch water from a government-run water tanker in Masurdi village, in Latur.
Hoses are used to distribute water from a government-run water tanker in Masurdi village, India Image: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Children play in mud to cool off on a hot day in New Delhi, India
Children cool off in the mud in New Delhi, India Image: REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
 A woman bathes at a roadside municipal tap in a slum area on a hot summer day on the outskirts of Kolkata
A woman bathes at a municipal tap on the outskirts of Kolkata, India Image: REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
 A man walks through a dried-up Sarkhej lake on a hot summer day in Ahmedabad.
A man walks through a dried-up lake in Ahmedabad, India Image: REUTERS/Amit Dave
A man covers his face as he pushes a bicycle through a dust storm on the banks of the Ganga river in Allahabad, India
A dust storm on the banks of the Ganga River in Allahabad Image: REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash
 A farmer burns his dried-up rice on a paddy field stricken by drought in Soc Trang province in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam March 30, 2016.
A farmer burns his dried-up rice on a paddy field stricken by drought in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam Image: REUTERS/Nguyen Huy Kham
 A woman and her son search for fish in the pools created by a drought irrigation system in Soc Trang province in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam March 30, 2016.
A woman and her son search for fish in the pools created by a drought irrigation system in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam Image: REUTERS/Nguyen Huy Kham
 A man works at a dried up pond at the drought-hit Kandal province, Cambodia, April 26, 2016.
This was once a pond in the drought-stricken Kandal province, Cambodia Image: REUTERS/Pring Samrang
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