No that isn’t your eyes playing up, India is enduring such a severe heat wave some of its roads are actually melting.

At time of publication, 1,412 heat-related deaths had been reported as temperatures soar up to 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Farenheit.) in some parts of the country. Most of these deaths have occurred in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Telangana.

Meteorological officials have said the heat would likely last several more days – scorching crops, killing wildlife and endangering anyone laboring outdoors.

Officials warned people to stay out of the sun, cover their heads and drink plenty of water. Still, poverty forced many to work despite the risks.

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A road melting near Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi, India

“Either we have to work, putting our lives under threat, or we go without food,” farmer Narasimha said in the badly hit Nalgonda district of southern Andhra Pradesh state.

“If I don’t work due to the heat, how will my family survive?” said construction worker Mahalakshmi, who earns a daily wage of about $3.10 in Nizamabad, a city about 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of the state capital of Hyderabad.

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    A road melting near Safdarjung Hospital after the Temperature rise to 45 degree Celsius during a hot weather as Delhi/NCR experienced yet another scorching day, on May 24, 2015 in New Delhi, India.
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    A road melting near Safdarjung Hospital after the Temperature rise to 45 degree Celsius during a hot weather as Delhi/NCR experienced yet another scorching day, on May 24, 2015 in New Delhi, India.
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    A road melting near Safdarjung Hospital after the Temperature rise to 45 degree Celsius during a hot weather as Delhi/NCR experienced yet another scorching day, on May 24, 2015 in New Delhi, India.
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    NEW DELHI, INDIA – MAY 24: A road melt near Safdarjung Hospital after the Temperature rise to 45 degree Celsius during a hot weather as Delhi/NCR experienced yet another scorching day, on May 24, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The national capital sizzling today as heat wave-like conditions prevailed across the city with mercury hovering above 45.3 degree Celsius, making life tough for the Delhiites. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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    NEW DELHI, INDIA – MAY 24: Heat rippled mirage was seen at Rajpath during a hot weather as Delhi/NCR experienced yet another scorching day, on May 24, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The national capital sizzling today as heat wave-like conditions prevailed across the city with mercury hovering above 45.3 degree Celsius, making life tough for the Delhiites. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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    An Indian worker uses a ricksahw to transport ice from an ice factory in Amritsar on May 27, 2015. More than 1,100 people have died in a blistering heatwave sweeping India, authorities said May 27, 2015, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
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    ALLAHABAD, INDIA – 2015/05/27: A shopkeeper rests with his watermelons during a hot summer day. Hundreds of people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. (Photo by Prabhat Kumar Verma/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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    An Indian passenger takes a bath beside rail tracks on a hot summer day at a railway station in Jammu, India, Monday, May 25, 2015. Severe heat wave conditions continue to prevail at several places in northern India with temperatures reaching 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
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    ALLAHABAD, INDIA – 2015/05/27: Buffaloes cooling in the River Yamuna on a hot summer day. Hundreds of people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. (Photo by Prabhat Kumar Verma/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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    Indian workers load ice blocks onto a rickshaw at an ice factory in Amritsar on May 27, 2015. More than 1,100 people have died in a blistering heatwave sweeping India, authorities said May 27, 2015, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
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    KOLKATA, INDIA – 2015/05/27: People bath using a KMC water pipe at the E.M. Bypass as the mercury heat wave rises continuously in Kolkata and many other parts India. (Photo by Saikat Paul/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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    An Indian man rests inside a concrete pipe on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Hundreds of people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
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    An Indian auto rickshaw driver rests on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, India, Monday, May 25, 2015. Hundreds of people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping two southeast Indian states, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
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    A boys cools himself under a fountain on a hot afternoon in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 8, 2015. Delhi recorded a maximum of 42 degrees Celsius on Friday. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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    An Indian man covers his face as drives on a scooter under the hot sun in Hyderabad on May 26, 2015. More than 430 people have died in two Indian states from a days-long heatwave that has seen temperatures nudging 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), officials said May 25. Officials warned the toll was almost certain to rise, with figures still being collected in some parts of the hard-hit Telangana state in the south of the country, and with no end in sight to the searing conditions AFPHOTO/ Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An Indian worker loads ice blocks on to a rickshaw at an ice factory in Amritsar on May 27, 2015. More than 1,100 people have died in a blistering heatwave sweeping India, authorities said May 27, 2015, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
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    This combination of images created on May 28, 2015, shows a young Indian child as he bathes at a waterpump in an attempt to keep cool in New Delhi. More than 1,100 people have died in a blistering heatwave sweeping India, authorities said, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue. AFP PHOTO/MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A mirage shimmers over Raphath leading to India Gate in New Delhi on May 28, 2015. More than 1,100 people have died in a blistering heatwave sweeping India, authorities said, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue. AFP PHOTO / Chandan KHANNA (Photo credit should read Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An elderly Hindu devotee offers prayers at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad, India, Thursday, May 28, 2015. Hindus across the country are celebrating Ganga Dussehra, devoted to the worship of the River Ganges. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    An Indian worker throws water outside a resteraunt in Amritsar on May 26, 2015, in an attempt to keep the pavement cool on a hot day. At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An Indian motorist covers his face with a scarf to protect himself from the heat on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Hundreds of people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
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    A dog takes shelter under a bench to escape the heat on May 28, 2015 in New Delhi