NO BATHING, WASH­ING IN DROUGHT-HIT BEED

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FEATURES -

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 )

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