Marathwada Drought: Water Train Only a Band-Aid Solution
Not all of Latur’s neighbourhoods have the luxury of running water. Instead, the government tanker that occasionally comes to the region is the only source of water for local communities, said Shakeel Mullah, a resident of the Khadgaon neighbourhood.
On Tuesday, the city, home to around 5 lakh people, received 5,00,000 litres of water relief from Miraj, another part of Maharashtra. An additional 27 lakh litres are expected to arrive by Friday.
For years, the Marathwada district of Maharashtra has suffered from drought. Illegal water use and waste is rampant, Mullah added. He said even though there are government guidelines, no one pays attention and the poor are often left without access to water.
Many parts of Latur have no water for days or weeks together.
Already, more than 89 farmers have committed suicide in Marathwada and farmers living outside Latur don’t expect to get relief anytime soon.
Namdev Shinde, a farmer in Ganjur village, said the sugarcane crops he sowed last year have failed.