Indian villagers gather near a well running dry to collect drinking water at Padal village of the district of Samba. Photo: Rakesh Bakshi/AFP/Getty Images

India is in the grip of a deadly heat wave that's caused water shortages in many places. Searing temperatures of up to 123°F were recorded in the city of Churu in the northern Indian plains — the location of 10 of the 15 hottest places in the world during the weekend.

The big picture: The India Meteorological Department warns sweltering conditions are set to continue across much of the country for the next few days, prompting the Health Ministry to issue an advisory. These images show the heat wave's impact.

The heat's making this lake near Ajmer run dry. Photo: Himanshu Sharma/AFP/Getty Images
Monkeys drink water from a plastic water bottle during a hot day in Allahabad. Photo: Ritesh Shukla/NurPhoto via Getty Images
A Sadhu, or holy man, drinks water in Allahabad. Photo: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images
A boy cools himself off in New Delhi. Photo: Biplov Bhuyan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Youths cool off in a swimming pool on the outskirts of Amritsar. Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images
Volunteers distribute sweet water in Amritsar. Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images

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