Call it irony but the very region which was once facing one of the worst draughts till just a few months back is now witnessing heavy rains that is causing a deluge.
Latur, the same district which became known across the country for the water train that had to be brought here to quench the thirst of the people, is now witnessing overflowing dams.
People celebrating by a river flowing in spate in Marathwada. IndianExpress
According to reports, Latur’s lifeline the Manjara dam is three-quarters full. Till September 25, Latur received a rainfall of more than 900 mm, which is higher than the average by almost 100 mm.
Another is Beed. This district in Maharashtra’s Marathwada is among the eight – Nanded, Parbhani, Jalna, Hingoli, Osmanabad, and Aurangabad – witnessing rising water levels due to heavy rains.
People gather to see the opening of the Majalgaon dam in Beed. IndianExpress
Though the general mood of the people who faced one of the worst crisis of their times is that of jubilation, there have been eight reported deaths due to water-related incidents. NDRF men have been pressed into service for relief and rescue operations in Beed. All dams in the area are flowing much above the 50 per cent mark, according to authorities. Records say that Beed alone received 105 per cent rainfall till September 25 leading to the average rainfall mark touching 700 mm, 44 mm higher.
Such has been the severity of rains that the gates to the 16 TMC capacity Majalgaon dam were opened for the first time in four years.
Though water is overflowing everywhere, people are not complaining.
They are happy to see the water, which reflects the kind of pain they must have gone through when their land was parched. These were the districts where hundreds of farmers committed suicide due to drought. As the rains lash down upon Marathwada, hopes for a better future have been renewed.