Northern India is in the grip of a heat wave, with temperatures reaching 47C.
A blanket of hot air has settled on New Delhi clearing pavements across the usually busy capital.
In the past two years, the numbers dying from heat-related illnesses has fallen sharply, from 2,040 in 2015 to half that the following year and to a little over 200 in 2017, according to government data.
Under Ahmedabad's action plan -- first implemented in 2013, when temperatures rose so high it risked triggering organ failure -- school days were reduced, government work programs ceased, and free water was distributed in busy areas.
India's national disaster management authority is aiming to reduce the death toll from excessive heat to zero.
So far this year, government officials say, the heat has killed 11 people. Temperatures will drop across India at the end of this month with the arrival of the monsoon rains.