6,597 tankers for peo­ple in need

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Sud­hir Suryawan­shi sud­[email protected]­dia.net

As the sever­ity of drought in­creases, the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment en­gaged 6,597 tankers — by far the high­est num­ber — to sup­ply drinking wa­ter to 5,243 vil­lages and 11,293 ham­lets across the state. Ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from the state, the gov­ern­ment has never used such a high num­ber of tankers to sup­ply drinking wa­ter to drought-af­fected re­gions.

The drought this year sur­passed the drought of 2016 in sever­ity when 6,140 tankers were used to sup­ply wa­ter.

“Tankers as many as 6,597 set a record. In 1972, there was a se­vere drought in Ma­ha­rash­tra, but peo­ple did not face such an ex­treme short­age. But this year, the ex­tent of wa­ter scarcity is un­be­liev­able,” a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

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