A Rabari man tends to his flock. Also called Rewari or Desai, Rabaris are nomadic cattle herders and shepherds from northwest India [Andrea de Franciscis/Al Jazeera]

Kutch district, Gujarat, India – Over the past few days, dark monsoon clouds have enveloped the small desert town of Bhuj, in the Indian state of Gujarat, with rainfall finally bringing relief to the distressed region.

A severe heatwave has hit India this summer.

In Gujarat, the scant rainfall and rising temperatures have aggravated one of the worst droughts in the past 30 years.

The northwestern state saw a 76 percent deficit on its average rainfall during the monsoon in 2018, and delayed seasonal showers raised fears of another drought year.

The district of Kutch, in the north

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