The drought situation in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, especially in the rice growing regions, and various other parts of India, is getting worse every day.
The water crisis has led to a contraction in agricultural, industry and services, forcing skilled and unskilled workers from these regions to migrate to other parts of the state in search of jobs.
Recently, a picture emerged that showed children in Dindori village in Madhya Pradesh climbing down an almost dried up well to fetch water. An apt reminder of how bad is the situation, they were doing so by risking their lives.
In the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, places like Parbhani, Latur, Usmanabad have received less than 50 per cent rainfall for past two years – less than historical 1972 drought. Latur is one of the worst-affected regions.
The Manjra dam and Dhanegaon river that used to supply water to Marathwada have gone dry, forcing doctors and clinics in the region to treat patients with just tanker water.
The situation is so bad that every of the 160 odd clinics or hospitals in Latur have drastically cut down on planned surgeries and are only taking on emergency surgeries.
Due to the drought, water will be brought to Latur district by trains.
Recently, a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions to the government and cricket boards to not water the pitches during the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) crickets season, starting from April 9, was filed in the Bombay High Court.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been under pressure to move its matches from Maharashtra because of the water crisis. There has been considerable support for cancelling the matches in public discourse too.
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