PHOTOS: It’s so hot in India the roads are melting

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

India is currently in the depths of a heat wave so bad the roads are literally melting in country’s capital of New Delhi.

The white horizontal line on the wide road near the Safdarjung Hospital warped together as the asphalt melted and moved under temperatures which held steady above 45 degrees Celsius.

Meteorological officials said the deadly heat wave could continue for several more days as the death toll rose above 1,400 in the past month.

An Indian worker uses a rickshaw to transport ice from an ice factory in Amritsar on May 27, 2015. Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

Most of the deaths have occurred in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where temperatures held above 47 degrees Celsius.

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Indian tourists stand under the shade of a tree in New Delhi on May 28, 2015. Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images

The brutal heat wave has warped roads across the capital, scorched crops and endangered anyone living outdoors.

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“With so many people dying due to the heat, we are locking the children inside,” teacher Satyamurthy told the Associated Press in Khammam, which registered a temperature of 48 degrees Celsius.

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A young Indian child pours water on himself as he tries to cool himself off in New Delhi on May 28, 2015. MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images

Officials are warning people to stay out of the sun, and photos from the country show dozens of people huddled closely in the shade or dousing themselves with buckets of water.

Indian cycle rickshaw riders sleep during the heat of the day 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. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

While officials urged people to stay cool, the country’s widespread poverty forced others to work.

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“Either we have to work, putting our lives under threat, or we go without food,” Narasimha, a farmer, told the Associated Press. “But we stop work when it becomes unbearable.”

A man plays with his child resting on her grandmother’s lap as they sit in the shade of a tree in Mumbai on May 26, 2015. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

Relief may be coming next week however as cooling monsoon rains are expected in the southern state of Kerala and work their way north.

Indian children play in a pond near India Gate amid soaring temperatures in New Delhi on May 27, 2015. SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images

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  • – With files from The Associated Press

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