Farmer suicides soar in India as deadly heatwave hits 51 degrees Celsius

It's so hot in India, farmers are killing themselves.

indiadroughtcropIndia has set a new record for its highest-ever recorded temperature – a searing 51 degrees Celsius or 123.8F – amid a devastating heatwave that has ravaged much of the country for weeks.

Hundreds of people have died as crops have withered in the fields in more than 13 states, forcing tens of thousands of small farmers to abandon their land and move into the cities.Others have killed themselves rather than go to live in urban shanty towns.