Filipina woman raped by fake detective

KUWAIT: A Filipina woman was raped after being tricked into getting into a car, believing that the man who told her to get into the car was a detective. The victim told Hawally police about what happened, and police are working on the case.

Woman accuses ex of scandal A citizen in her twenties accused a citizen of posting her pictures online without her knowledge, and filed a complaint in Sulaibkhat police station. She said that after a one year relationship with the accused, she decided to leave him, and later discovered her pictures were on social media. Detectives are working on the case.

Lewd acts An Egyptian woman accused a Kuwaiti man of encouraging her daughter to commit indecent acts, and filed a complaint at Sabahiya police station. Police are investigating the case.

Man insults and beats police An officer at Nugra police station accused an Egyptian man of insulting and beating him at the station while being questioned. The man was charged with insulting an officer on duty, and will be sent to public prosecution.

Youth stabs another with pen A fight between two youngsters turned ugly when one of them ended stabbing the other’s shoulder with a pen. The injured kid was taken to a hospital while police is looking for the other one who escaped following the incident.

Angry customer A car driver refused to pay for his gas, argued with the gas station’s manager and broke his hand. A complaint was filed in Bayan police station.

Harassment A worker at a Salmiya complex was caught harassing an American woman who screamed for help. The man was sent to the nearby police station for questioning.

Robberies A thief followed a citizen leaving a bank and waited until the citizen parked his car, broke the car’s glass, took KD 2,000 from inside and escaped. Police are investigating the case. Meanwhile, four persons mugged a taxi driver, as they stabbed him and stole KD 120 and his phone. The driver was taken to a hospital while police is looking for the culprits. Also, a thief broke into a Lebanese woman’s home in Salmiya and removed a safe containing KD 7,000 and jewelry. Police are investigating. —Al-Rai

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Distinguishing by tattoos

Some people get tattoos of shapes and drawings on their bodies to become a fixed mark on them and distinguish them from others.

The question remains: With what does it distinguish them from others? Putting the history of the tattoo through civilizations and eras aside, we find that most religions and sects reject for a human being to hurt himself, and traditions ban drawing on the body for any reason.

The case we are discussing today is not based on religion, but of the earthly kind with respect to the personal freedom and human beliefs.

Still, this is the question that presents itself: What is the beautiful image that some people see when he draws on his body, to be with him for life? And if he wishes to remove them, he will have to cut his body to get the strange shapes out.

When Allah Almighty created the human being, he did so using the best of shapes to distinguish him from the rest of creation. And since Allah Almighty distinguished the human race from the rest of his creation, then why do some people put signs or shapes on their bodies to distinguish his person from others?

For some people, we find that distinction means altering themselves by shapes and drawings, as if we are looking for discussing art pieces that have uncomfortable color to the eye. So is being distinguished means that we make ourselves moving art pieces for people to discuss as far as color and illegible lines?

Or does distinguishing mean that we put unclear signs for certain rituals to be known throughout societies?

Our case remains with an open end: Distinguished with what? Some people may think that my statements are against personal freedom or civilization. From this and that we find that personal freedom and civilization and going along with the era is not with the tattoo. Intellectual liberalism also does not come by making our brains and thoughts a tool controlled by the superficial phenomena of unfruitful civilized images.

Some people pretend to be civilized without looking forward to becoming civilized through scientific and practical advancements. It is difficult to find solutions for our intellectual formula, because those who want to advance societies only have the crusts of other civilizations, and their thoughts only know ‘distinguishing by tattoo.’ So is it reasonable that those become the future of civilizations?

—Translated by Kuwait Times

By Nirmin Al-Hooti

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Qatar drops death for Filipino ‘Spy’

DOHA: A death sentence handed to a Filipino in Qatar for spying was reduced on appeal by a Doha court yesterday to life imprisonment. Two other sentences of life imprisonment against another pair of defendants, also from the Philippines, were reduced at the same time by Qatar’s Court of Appeal to 15 years in jail. One of the men sentenced to serve 15 years has been named as Ronaldo Lopez Ulep. All three had been convicted last year on charges of espionage and passing on Qatar military and economic secrets to the Philippines government.

The unnamed defendant who was originally sentenced to death is likely to spend up to 25 years in prison. He worked as a supervisor at Qatar Petroleum. The other two defendants worked for the Qatar Air Force. At the time of their conviction it was alleged that the two men working for the air force supplied information to the third man for cash.

Following yesterday’s brief hearing, the Philippines ambassador to Qatar, Wilfred C. Santos, said the reduction in sentences was “welcome” but a further appeal may take place. “We welcome this development and we will continue to monitor the case,” he said. “We are willing to exhaust all legal avenues.” Manila has “emphatically” denied spying on Qatar. All three men have been detained since 2010.

The case has raised concerns among rights groups, which question the convictions and allege the three men have been tortured while being detained. Amnesty International alleges Lopez Ulep spent four years in solitary confinement and was convicted “on the basis of a ‘confession’ he was forced to sign, even though it was written in Arabic and he could not read it”. Ahead of yesterday’s hearing, Amnesty released a blog from the 17- year-old daughter of Lopez Ulep, who said her father was dragged away from their Doha home in April 2010 and the family has not seen him since. She said investigators took laptops, photos and the family’s savings hidden in a safe.

The teenager, who is now in the Philippines, urged the Qatari authorities to release her father and “return what they took from us for the past five years”. Santos said Manila knew about the allegations of torture. “We are aware of these and are taking note of this,” he said. Relatives of the defendants were also at court but refused to comment afterwards. — AFP

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IS claims Libya suicide attack

TRIPOLI: The Islamic State group yesterday declared “war” on the powerful Fajr Libya militia alliance that controls Tripoli and claimed a suicide bombing that killed five of its fighters. The dawn blast in northwest Libya is the latest in a series of attacks by IS in the politically divided North African country, where the jihadists have exploited chaos to gain a growing foothold. “A car suicide bomber blew himself up near a checkpoint at an entrance of Dafniya,” between the town of Zliten and Libya’s third city Misrata, said a spokesman for Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn). The attack killed five fighters and wounded seven others, he added. The LANA news agency of the militia-backed Tripoli administration gave a similar account of the attack, and also reported that five were dead.

IS claimed responsibility for the attack in a message posted on Twitter, identifying the suicide bomber as a Tunisian named Abu Wahib al-Tunsi. The jihadist group also warned Fajr Libya to be ready for “war”. “The apostates of Fajr Libya… must know that a war is coming to cleanse the land of their filth unless they repent and go back to their true religion,” said the extremist group. Libya plunged into chaos after the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed long-time dictator Moamer Gaddafi, with battle-hardened former rebels armed with heavy weapons carving out their own fiefdoms. Fajr Libya, an alliance of armed groups including Islamists opposed to the extremist religious views of IS, seized power in Tripoli last year. It installed a new government and parliament in the capital, prompting the administration recognised by the international community to flee to the east of the country.

Oilfields at risk
Yesterday’s attack comes a day after Libya’s recognised government called on the international community to provide it with weapons to battle IS. A statement warned that IS plans on seizing “oilfields to fund its operations”, as it has done in Syria and Iraq where the jihadists last year set up a “caliphate” straddling both countries. The government’s plea comes after IS on Thursday seized control of the airport in Sirte, Kadhafi’s hometown east of Tripoli, after Fajr Libya fighters withdrew from the facility. It was the first time that IS in Libya has recorded such a military gain.

The Gardabiya airport, which is also a military base, lies just 150 kilometres (93 miles) from Libya’s so-called “oil crescent”-home to key oilfields and export terminals. Officials in Tripoli said that IS had allied with supporters of the ousted Kadhafi regime to deploy across Sirte. Sirte has been rocked by sporadic fighting between IS and Fajr Libya since February, when jihadists deployed in the city, capturing government buildings and the university.

The city, located 450 kilometres (280 miles) east of Tripoli, was already a bastion of Islamist extremist groups, including Ansar al-Sharia. The radical group is classified by the United States as a “terrorist” organisation and suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on the US consulate in the second city of Benghazi. Tripoli officials say that IS, which also has positions in the eastern city of Derna, has “sleeping cells” in the capital, where the group has already claimed several attacks. In a bid to find a solution to the crisis, the United Nations has for months struggled to broker a deal between warring parties through the creation of a national unity government.

On Saturday night a UN-sponsored meeting in neighbouring Tunisia of Libyan mayors and municipal representatives ended with a declaration calling for the “swift formation of a government of national accord”. Special envoy Bernardino Leon said on Thursday that the UN was preparing a new draft peace agreement which it plans to hand over to the rival factions in the first week of June. — AFP

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Barcelona win 27th Copa del Rey

BARCELONA: A Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona sealed a league and Cup double as they swept aside Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to win the Copa del Rey for a 27th time on Saturday. Messi opened the scoring in spectacular fashion by dribbling past four Athletic players and lashing home a low finish before Neymar added a second before half-time.

The Argentine grabbed his second of the game to kill the tie as a contest 17 minutes from time before Inaki Williams grabbed a consolation for the Basques. Despite Athletic fans dominating two-thirds of the 99,000 capacity Camp Nou, there was nothing their players could do to stop a rampant Barca that is now just one game away from just the second treble in the club’s history. Luis Enrique’s men face Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League final in Berlin on June 6. “From the start we saw a great Barca with all the players at a high level,” said Barcelona boss Luis Enrique. “It is a shame for Athletic to have played these finals in the last few years against a Barca playing so well. “They deserve a Cup and I hope they soon get it because the behaviour of their fans was spectacular.” The game began in controversy after the Spanish national anthem was drowned by the fans of two clubs with strong separatist identities.

On the field there was little to argue about as Messi tore Bilbao apart to continue their 31-year drought without winning a major trophy. “He is a player that we always say appears in the most decisive moments and obviously he wasn’t going to miss out in a final,” said Athletic coach Ernesto Valverde. “His first goal was incredible.” The four-time World Player of the Year teed up Neymar for what should have been the opening goal just nine minutes in, but the Brazilian’s effort was wrongly disallowed for offside. Luis Suarez then forced Iago Herrerin into the first of many fine saves with a low drive. Herrerin was left as helpless as the rest of his teammates 11 minutes later when Messi danced past Mikel Balenziaga, Mikel Rico and Benat Etxebarria tight on the touchline before turning inside Aymeric Laporte and smashing in at the near post. Even by the Argentine’s incredibly high standards the move and finish was as good as any of his previous 410 Barca goals.

Messi wasn’t finished as he then turned provider for Suarez whose low cross was met by Neymar and brilliantly blocked by Herrerin. The Athletic stopper continued to frustrate Barca as he then stretched to turn Gerard Pique’s effort from Messi’s free-kick over. Barcelona did finally double their advantage nine minutes before half-time with Messi again heavily involved as he fed Ivan Rakitic who released Suarez and this time the Uruguayan’s pass was rolled into an unguarded net by Neymar for his seventh goal of the competition. Athletic starlet Inaki Williams came closest to a reply before the break with a dipping volley that clipped the top of the crossbar. However, Herrerin had to be alive moments later to turn a free-kick from Messi behind. Perhaps with one eye on next weekend’s Champions League final, Barca eased up slightly in the second period. Xavi Hernandez was brought on to savor his final appearance at the Camp Nou after a 17-year career. Messi added his 58th goal of the season as he pounced on some lackadaisical Athletic defending to prod home Dani Alves’s cross. The Bilbao faithful did at least get something to cheer 11 minutes from time as the 20-year-old Williams notched just his third senior goal from Ibai Gomez’s cross. -AFP

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UN envoy decries Syria raids as dozens killed – ‘Use of barrel bombs must stop’

People inspect the damage in the Maysalun clinic where a fire broke out after a fuel tank exploded yesterday in the northeastern city of Qamishli.

People inspect the damage in the Maysalun clinic where a fire broke out after a fuel tank exploded yesterday in the northeastern city of Qamishli.

BEIRUT: The UN envoy to Syria condemned regime bombing of civilian areas as “totally unacceptable” after more than 140 people were killed in a day of heavy air raids. Across the border in Iraq, pro-government forces pressed their operation aimed at sealing off jihadists who captured the city of Ramadi two weeks ago.

In Syria, barrel bombs dropped by President Bashar al-Assad’s helicopters killed 84 civilians, including children, in the northern province of Aleppo on Saturday, a monitoring group said. “The news of aerial bombing by Syrian helicopters on a civilian area of the Aleppo neighbourhood of Al-Shaar deserves the most strong international condemnation,” UN envoy Staffan de Mistura said in a statement. “The use of barrel bombs must stop,” he said. “All evidence shows that the overwhelming majority of the civilian victims in the Syrian conflict have been caused by the use of such indiscriminate aerial weapons.” He said it was “totally unacceptable that the Syrian airforce attacks its own territory in an indiscriminate way, killing its own citizens.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime air strikes throughout Syria killed at least 141 people on Saturday, including 20 in a rebel-controlled village in northwest Idlib. It said 22 people were killed in raids on the northeastern jihadist-dominated town of Al-Shadadeh. Its toll did not include another 43 peopleincluding fighters from the Islamic State group and their families-killed in a government raid on the same town. Air raids also killed civilians in Damascus, Deir Ezzor, and Daraa provinces, the monitor said.

Syria’s conflict, which began in March 2011, has left more than 220,000 people dead and forced millions to flee. Several rounds of peace talks have made no headway and the UN envoy’s efforts to broker a ceasefire in the second city of Aleppo were rejected by rebel factions.

‘Indiscriminate methods’
Regime barrel bombs-crude weapons made of containers packed with explosiveshave often struck schools, hospitals, and markets in Syria. But the toll from the Saturday raids, which also targeted a market in the IS-controlled town of Al-Bab, was among the highest. “This is further shocking proof of the horrific and indiscriminate methods the Assad regime is using to kill and injure innocent civilians, including children,” said British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

The tactic of carrying out air attacks on built-up areas after battleground losses has become common practise for Syria’s regime, which ceded swathes of territory in May. “The regime has always dropped barrel bombs in this war, but it is intensifying its strikes believing it can compensate for territorial losses,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman. His group has documented reported 17,000 barrel bombings by the Syrian regime since October.

Aerial raids continued on Sunday, with three civilians killed in a second barrel bomb attack on Al-Bab. Syria’s state news agency said eight civilians were killed when “terrorists fired rockets on the Al-Aathamiyeh neighbourhood in Aleppo.” It also reported that 27 civilians were killed and dozens more injured when a bush fire spread to a local clinic in the northeast Hasakeh province.

IS advances in Syria
Following defeats in Idlib’s provincial capital and at a massive military base nearby, government forces also lost the ancient city of Palmyra to IS on May 21. The jihadists demolished Palmyra’s notorious government prison on Saturday, razing what was for decades a symbol of abuses against regime opponents. IS also seized a major checkpoint at a crossroads south of Palmyra on routes leading to Damascus as well as Homs to the west, the Observatory said. “The road is now open (for IS) from Palmyra to Anbar province in Iraq, without any obstacles,” said Mohammed Hassan al- Homsi, a local activist. IS consolidated its gains in northern Aleppo province, overrunning rebel-held villages near Turkey.

The two-day clashes killed 31 rebels and 22 jihadists, according to the Observatory. It also advanced to within four kilometres (less than three miles) of northeast Hasakeh city, leaving at least 15 regime forces dead. Despite recent losses, Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi on Sunday pledged the army would “liberate every foot of Syrian territory” from the jihadists. In Iraq, government troops and allied paramilitary forces on Saturday retook an area west of Ramadi, captured by IS two weeks ago. But Human Rights Watch accused Iraqi authorities of blocking thousands of families from escaping violence in the mainly Sunni province of Anbar. — AFP

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Boko Haram raids two Nigeria towns

People inspect houses damaged in Saturday’s rocket propelled grenades by Islamic extremist in Maiduguri, Nigeria

People inspect houses damaged in Saturday’s rocket propelled grenades by Islamic extremist in Maiduguri, Nigeria

KANO: Boko Haram Islamists raided two towns in northeastern Nigeria, torching public buildings and looting food and fuel stores, residents and a police officer told AFP yesterday. Islamist gunmen in pickup trucks and on motorcycles stormed the towns of Galda and Fika in Yobe state late Saturday, firing wildly and forcing residents indoors.

The latest violence in the region comes shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari took office on Friday vowing to crush the Islamist group that has waged a six-year insurgency. After repelling a military offensive, Boko Haram stormed Fika, 150 kilometres (95 miles) from the state capital Damaturu, burning a police station and public buildings including a law court, a local administration building and a primary school. “Boko Haram gunmen came in two pick-up trucks and on several motorcycles around 9:00 pm (2000 GMT) and kept firing shots haphazardly and firing RPGs on the police station where they forced the policemen to flee and residents to run indoors,” Fika resident Abubakar Maigoro said.

The Islamists also torched a cluster of government- built homes for civil servants and 13 vehicles parked outside people’s houses, Maigoro said. “They burnt all the telecom masts in the town and we have to go to hill tops in the bush where we can get phone signals to make calls,” resident Ibrahim Sagir said. No information on casualties is available because communications are down.

Troops who mobilised from Potiskum, 50 kilometres (30 miles) away, to combat the Islamists were outgunned and forced to withdraw after intense fighting, Maigoro and Sagir said. Boko Haram radicals also attacked Galda, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Fika, at around 8 pm (1900 GMT). “The gunmen stormed our town firing everywhere to scare people away before breaking into shops and carting away food and jerry cans of petrol,” resident Muhammad Garba said. A police officer in Potiskum confirmed the accounts.

“Fika and Galda came under attack from Boko Haram last night. They burnt several public buildings in Fika and looted shops in Galda,”he said, asking not to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media. “Soldiers deployed from here but they were overpowered by the gunmen,” he said. “We are yet to receive any report on casualties. Communication with the area has been disrupted as a result of the burning of telecom masts in the attacks.” The reports of the raids came after a deadly suicide bombing inside a mosque in the city of Maiduguri killed at least nine people on Saturday just a day after Buhari was sworn in. Overnight Friday, residents in a suburb south of the same city woke to the sound of RPGs being fired as Boko Haram tried to advance.— AFP

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Nepal schools reopen after devastating earthquake – Teachers to help children overcome trauma

Nepalese-womenKATHMANDU: Thousands of children, many still traumatised from losing homes and loved ones, returned to class yesterday as Nepal’s schools formally reopened following a devastating earthquake that claimed more than 8,600 lives. In many cases children in uniform walked through rubble to attend lessons in temporary classrooms made of bamboo or in tents on playing fields, after their schools were destroyed or badly damaged in the quake that struck on April 25.

Eight-year-old Sahaj Shrestha clung to his father as they arrived together at the gates of the staterun Madan Smarak School in the Kathmandu valley. Sahaj’s mother Mina Shrestha said their son has been too terrified to leave their side, even to go to the toilet, since the quake destroyed their home and forced them to live in a tent. “Aftershocks are still continuing. It is difficult not to be nervous about sending the children to school again,” Shrestha told AFP. “But the teachers have assured us that it is safe here, and at least his mind will be fresh if he meets his friends and studies,” she said.

Classrooms made of bamboo have been built on the school’s football field, while some lessons were held in buildings checked by engineers after the quake and marked “safe”. Teachers sat with the younger children as they drew or played, with some relieved to return to a degree of normality. “We’ve been staying home for so long, it is nice to play here and meet my friends again,” said nineyear- old Muskan Bajracharya.

In senior classes, students were encouraged to talk about the quake or share stories about what happened to their families. “We are not holding any formal classes and have trained the teachers to help the children overcome the trauma of the quake and adjust to (being back at) school,” said principal Govinda Poudel. Yubraj Adhikari, who is leading counselling initiatives by the International Committee of the Red Cross in quake-hit communities, said teachers must be alert to any behavioural changes. “It is normal for children to act differently after such an experience, but we have to keep an eye out for any signs of long-term trauma in a child,” he said.

‘Education cannot wait’
The 7.8-magnitude quake damaged nearly 8,000 schools, while some 90 per cent of them are estimated to be have been destroyed in the worsthit rural districts of Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk and Nuwakot. The quake struck on a Saturday afternoon when schools were closed. Many had been preparing to open the following week for the new semester. “I don’t even want to imagine what would have happened if it had been a school day,” said Sakuntala Bhlon, 37, whose two children study in classes five and eight.

The reopening had been set for May 17, but was delayed after a second major 7.4-magnitude quake rattled the country on May 12. The UN Children’s Fund UNICEF has warned that the disaster could reverse the progress Nepal has made in education over the last 25 years, during which primary school enrolment has risen from 64 per cent to more than 95 per cent. “The longer children stay home, the more difficult it will be for them to return to school,” Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Nepal representative, told AFP. “Education cannot wait. It needs to be part and parcel of the relief and rehabilitation package.” For some schools, however, reopening so soon after the quake has proved impossible, with temporary classrooms still being built and continuing concerns about safety and space. “It is impossible for me to reopen right now.

The school ground is filled with debris and we don’t have an open space,” said Lila Nanda Upadhyay, principal of Rupak Memorial International School in the Kathmandu valley. Dilli Ram Rimal, education department director general, said he hoped more schools would reopen in coming weeks. “We understand that not all schools have the resources to reopen,” he said. “But education is an important part of the recovery and we need to begin the process.” — AFP

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Giant cross rises in Pakistan, home to Christian minority

A Pakistani Christian woman prays during service at St. John’s Catholic Church which was attacked by the Taliban last March

A Pakistani Christian woman prays during service at St. John’s Catholic Church which was attacked by the Taliban last March

KARACHI: Now towering over this violent port city in Pakistan, where Islamic militant attacks and gangland shootings remain common, is an uncommon sight in this Muslimmajority country: a 42-meter (140- foot) Christian cross. The cross, being built by a businessman who said the idea came to him in a dream, is rising as Christians here often face discrimination.

A tiny minority of Pakistan’s 180 million people are Christians who eke out livings in menial jobs like garbage collection. Christians have faced mob violence in blasphemy cases, which often turn out to be false allegations over personal disputes. Under Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws, anyone accused of insulting Islam, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) or other religious Islamic figures can be sentenced to death. Christians also face extremist attacks.

A Taleban suicide attack outside two churches in Lahore in March killed 15 people during services. In 2013, another Taleban suicide attack killed over 80 people at the All Saints Church in Peshawar. The persecution has forced some Christians to flee, though some remain, like businessman Parvez Henry Gill. Gill said he had a dream some two years ago in which God told him to do something for his community. “I want to show the world the Christian community in Pakistan has religious freedom,” he said.

Gill said some people have criticized the cross, but “I leave that to God.” Likely to be completed in a few months, the cross stands at the entrance of a Christian cemetery in the center of Karachi. The cemetery, built under British rule, is nearly 200 years old and its administrators will take care of the cross once it’s constructed.

The construction of the cross came as a surprise to many living around it, neighbor Adnan Ali said. But Bishop Sadiq Danial of Church of Pakistan, an Episcopal church, said he offered to demolish the cross if it becomes too divisive, though he doubted it would come to pass. “We spread peace,” he said. — AP

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Rain of little relief to India, heat toll nears 2,200

indiaHYDERABAD: Despite hopes that weekend thundershowers would help end a raging heat wave in southern India, the rain brought only limited relief as the death toll since mid-April approached 2,200. Officials said yesterday that the intense heat was likely to continue for another day in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. Daytime temperatures hovered between 45 and 47 degrees Celsius (113-116 Fahrenheit) in some parts of the two states over the weekend, 3 to 7 degrees Celsius (5 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal, said K.Y. Reddy, a director of the Meteorological Center in the Telangana state capital of Hyderabad. Thundershowers brought relief to people in other areas.

Andhra Pradesh has been hit the hardest, with 1,636 people dying in the state from the heat over the past month and a half, a government statement said. Another 561 people have died in neighboring Telangana, said Sada Bhargavi, a state disaster management commissioner. Meanwhile, 22 heat-related deaths have been reported in northern Uttar Pradesh state over the past two weeks, said Raj Shekhar, a state government official. The Press Trust of India news agency said 21 people have died from the heat in eastern Orissa state, seven in western Gujarat state and two in New Delhi, India’s capital. “We can’t bear this heat. The situation is worsened by frequent power outages,” said Rekha Tiwari, a housewife in Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh state capital.

Mohammed Waseem, a cart puller who was drenched in sweat, had no respite as he went about delivering goods in New Delhi, where temperatures hovered at around 41 C (106 F) on Sunday after a brief morning shower. “I have to work to feed myself,” he said. Cooling monsoon rains are expected this week in southern India before gradually advancing north. The monsoon season will last until the end of September. Forecasting service AccuWeather warned last week of prolonged drought conditions in India, with the monsoon likely to be disrupted by a more active typhoon season over the Pacific. — AP

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