Near Kunri, a southern Pakistani town known as Asia's chili capital, 40-year old farmer Leman Raj rustles through dried plants looking for any of the bright red chillis in his largely destroyed crop which may have survived.
"My crops suffered heavily from the heat, then the rains started, and the weather changed completely. Now, because of the heavy rains we have suffered heavy losses in our crops, and this is what has happened to the chillies," he said, holding up desiccated, rotten plants. "All the chillies have rotted away."
"Last year, at this time, there used to be around 8,000 to 10,000 bags of chillies in the market," trader Raja Daim said.
"This year, now you can see that there are barely 2,000 bags here, and it is the first day of the week. By tomorrow, and the day after, it will become even less,” he said.
(Photography by Akhtar Soomro; Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; Writing by Charlotte Greenfield; Picture editing by Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson; Text editing by Stephen Coates; Design by Marta Montana Gomez)