NO BATHING, WASHING IN DROUGHT-HIT BEED
PUNE, HINDUSTANTIMES ,31 MAY 2019 - It is 11 am in Beed, 300 km from Pune in Maharashtra’s drought-hit Marathwada region. Just last week, the city witnessed two sunstroke deaths as the mercury crossed 45 degree Celsius.
Unmindful of the intense, 40 degrees Celsius heat, Sunita Wadmare, a middle class homemaker, starts walking in search of a private borewell to fetch water as the Beed municipal corporation has been supplying water just once in 15-20 days.
This is the reality in Beed for the average resident amidst the severe water crisis caused by the ongoing drought.
The day for many in the district’s 22 lakh population, of which 2.4 lakh resides in Beed city, starts by searching for water from borewells. Those who don’t have borewells have to plead with their neighbours for water.
“The washing of clothes is dependent on the availability of water,” said Sunita.
Usha Jadhav who resides in the Shivajinagar area said her family does not use the toilet due to the acute water shortage. “we cannot use 5-10 litres of water for flushing as we have to purchase water.”
Just last week, the city witnessed two sunstroke deaths as the mercury crossed 45 degree Celsius. (Aamir Hussain/ht photo )