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Dehydrated birds falling from sky in India amid record heatwave

Rescuers in Gujarat state are picking up dozens of exhausted birds dropping daily as scorching heatwave dries out water sources.

Rescuers in India’s western Gujarat state are picking up dozens of exhausted and dehydrated birds dropping every day as a scorching heatwave dries out water sources in the state’s biggest city, veterinary doctors and animal rescuers say.

Large swaths of South Asia are drying up in the hottest summer in decades, prompting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to warn of rising fire risks.

Doctors in an animal hospital managed by the non-profit Jivdaya Charitable Trust in Ahmedabad said they have treated thousands of birds in the last few weeks, adding that rescuers bring dozens of high flying birds such as pigeons or kites daily.

A caretaker feeds water mixed with multivitamins to a parakeet after it was dehydrated during hot weather in Ahmedabad, India [Amit Dave/Reuters]

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