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India has pledged an extra $1 billion (£637m) to Nepal for reconstruction works following two devastating earthquakes in the country, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has revealed.

Speaking at a donor conference also attended by China, Swaraj said the money - a quarter of which comes in the form of grants - took India's help to the neighbouring nation to $2bn (£1.3bn).

Indian heatwave death toll nears 2,000 in one week

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The death toll in a weeks-long heatwave in India has now risen to at least 1,826.

Meteorological officials called the hot weather "severe" and warned it would continue for at least another two days across a huge swathe of the South Asian country.

Most of those killed by heat-related conditions, including dehydration and heatstroke, have been in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana,where temperatures have soared to 47C (117F).

Cooling monsoon rains are expected next week in the south before gradually advancing north.

Indian heatwave kills 1,370 in just six days

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A heat wave in India has now killed at least 1,371 people in six days as temperatures soar above 47C.

The country has experienced such heatwaves before but officials said in some places double the number of people had died this time round.

Most of those killed are elderly or labourers suffering from sunstroke or dehydration.

The heatwave is forecast to subside later this week before monsoon brings welcome relief to parched areas in the east and south.

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India heatwave kills more than 750

The death toll from India's heatwave is soaring. Credit: APTN

A heatwave in India has now killed more than 750 people.

Most of the deaths have coming in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana where temperatures have hit between 45C and 48C.

An estimated 550 people have died in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, one official said.

People have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible.

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