Scientists have linked the early onset of an intense summer to climate change, and say more than a billion people in India and neighbouring Pakistan were in some way vulnerable to the extreme heat.
The results of the regional elections could either reinforce the BJP’s grip on power or give the fragmented opposition a much-needed boost.
Officials say rescuers were unable to reach affected villages quickly, with approach roads cut off by overflowing rivers and landslides.
Islamabad calls for "thorough investigation" after Indian police arrested two men in western Maharashtra state for illegally possessing seven kilogrammes of highly radioactive substance.
The order comes after the New Delhi High Court stayed a contempt notice earlier issued to the government for defying its order to supply adequate oxygen to more than 40 New Delhi hospitals.
Police said the fire broke out in a Covid-19 ward on the ground floor of the Welfare Hospital in Bharuch, a town in Gujarat state and was extinguished within an hour.
Muslims in several parts of India turn mosques and Islamic schools into Covid-19 care facilities to aid patients as the country's healthcare system is overwhelmed with rising cases.
Hospitals will get medical oxygen from armed forces reserves with retired medical military personnel joining Covid-19 health facilities to help the country as it tries to battle an unprecedented crisis.
India's Maharashtra state chief minister warns citizens of a lockdown if cases continue to rise at their current rate, saying the state's medical infrastructure will be inadequate in a couple of weeks.
Coronavirus disease has killed over 2.5 million people and infected more than 113 million globally. Here are the virus-related developments for February 25:
Staff were able to rescue only seven of the 17 children in the Sick Newborn Care Unit of the Bhandara District General Hospital in western Maharashtra state.
Around 10,000 cinemas closed about seven months ago following India's Covid-19 outbreak. Seats will now be separated, show timings staggered and online payment encouraged.
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