The sun was unrelenting as Yogita Desai made about 5 trips from her home in her village to the nearest water pump, 500 meters away.
The 12-year-old had been unwell for days with dysentery; but her family needed her help. On her fifth journey to the water pump, she collapsed.
Doctors who attended to her in Beed, where she lived, said she died of a heart attack and dehydration.
Beed, like the other seven districts in Marathwada, has been gutted by drought for three years in a row.
Yogita died on Sunday.
The lowest temperature recorded in Beed on Sunday was 38 degrees and the high touched 42 degrees.
“There is a severe water crisis. She had gone to fetch water, where she felt giddy and collapsed,” Ishwar Desai, Yogita’s uncle, told NDTV.
Across India, a heat wave of frightening proportions has killed over 110 people so far. 45 people have died in Odisha; another 35 in Telangana in the last three weeks.
The met department has predicted an above-average monsoon for most parts of the country including Marathwada.