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May 24, 2013
Heat wave causes power outages, anger in India

LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- A blistering heat wave has swept across most parts of north and western India, causing massive electricity cuts and leading angry residents to protest and even attack power company officials and property.

In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, enraged citizens have set fire to a power station and held power company employees hostage for several hours. Police said Thursday that at least 21 people have been arrested for the violence and for damaging government property.

Uttar Pradesh, home to 190 million people, is India's most populous state and one of the poorest. Its inadequate energy infrastructure has been unable to cope with the high demand for electricity as temperatures have peaked above 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 degrees Celsius) in recent days.

The power shortages have left people without air conditioning or fans -- and in some cases without water, as electric pumps failed -- for hours each day.

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An Indian rickshaw driver sleeps on his rickshaw on a hot afternoon in New Delhi, India , Friday, May 24, 2013. AP / Manish Swarup
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An Indian woman holds a child and plays in water to cool off, at a water theme park on a hot summer afternoon in Hyderabad, India, Friday, May 24, 2013. The region continues to reel under extreme heat wave conditions with the mercury reaching 44 degrees Celsius. AP / Mahesh Kumar A
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An Indian woman carries firewood on her head on a hot afternoon in New Delhi, India , Friday, May 24, 2013. The capital city has been reeling under a heat wave with temperature crossing 45 degree Celsius (113 degree Fahrenheit) on Friday. AP / Manish Swarup
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Indian children play in water to cool off, at a water theme park on a hot summer afternoon in Hyderabad, India, Friday, May 24, 2013. AP / Mahesh Kumar A
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Camel handlers rest with their camels under a flyover in New Delhi, India , Friday, May 24, 2013. AP / Manish Swarup
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A homeless Indian man cools himself with a hose supplying water to a lawn on a hot afternoon in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 24, 2013. AP / Manish Swarup
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Indian horse cart owners sleep inside a concrete pipe under a flyover, as their horses feed on a hot afternoon in New Delhi, India , Friday, May 24, 2013. AP / Manish Swarup
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Indian drivers sleep in the shade of a truck on a hot afternoon in New Delhi, India , Friday, May 24, 2013. AP / Manish Swarup
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Indian tourists take rest under shadow of a tree on a hot summer day in Jammu, India, Friday, May 24, 2013. AP / Channi Anand
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A young Indian boy bathes under a leaking water supply pipeline on a hot summer day in Jammu, India, Friday, May 24, 2013. The region continues to battle extreme heat wave conditions with the mercury reaches 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit). AP / Channi Anand
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An Indian man speaks on a mobile phone outside a building with several air-conditioning units, in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 23, 2013. AP / Rajanish Kakade
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Indian youth bath in a canal on a hot summer day in Jammu, India, Thursday, May 23, 2013. AP / Channi Anand
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Indian laborers without safety equipment climb atop a pole to work on high tension power cables in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 23, 2013. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian vendor waits for customers in the shade of trees on a hot afternoon in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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An Indian woman takes a photograph of another woman as children cool off in a waterbody on a hot afternoon in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. AP / Altaf Qadri
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A stray dog walks by as an Indian passenger sleeps on a bench at a train station platform on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. AP / Tsering Topgyal
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A schoolgirl carries an umbrella to protect herself from the heat as she walks past a dried pond on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. AP / Channi Anand
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Slum children play in water sprinkling out of a water supply pipeline to beat the heat in a hot afternoon in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, India, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. AP / Biswaranjan Rout
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Stray dogs sleep in the premises of a railway station to escape the heat in Allahabad, India, Monday, May 20, 2013. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh
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An Indian commuter pours water over his head to cool off as young children watch from a window at a railway station in Allahabad, India, Monday, May 20, 2013. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh
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A couple rides pillion behind a woman with her face covered to protect herself from the heat, in Jammu, India, Saturday, May 18, 2013. AP / Channi Anand
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An Indian village woman and her children rest beneath the shade of a wayside tree on a hot afternoon on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, Sunday, May 12, 2013. AP / Biswaranjan Rout
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A small girl drinks water from a steel glass as her parents construct a pavement in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. AP / Saurabh Das

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