Tamil Nadu, June 26: One of the South Indian states, Tamil Nadu is facing a water crisis. Chennai is facing a massive drought in 140 years. The dry city left the locals in massive problems as they are getting a shortage of drinking water. The shortage of drinking water has been reported in many cities as all four lakes around the city have dried up. The city needs 830 million litres of water every day but the supply has been halved, says the water officials. The drought in Tamil Nadu has affected the locals as drinking water have been cut half in many areas. The drought arrived as the water level in the major lakes and dams in Tamil Nadu depleted to an alarming level causing major concern among authorities. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: PM Modi Speaks to Tamil Nadu CM, Announces Ex-gratia of Rs 2 Lakh From PM Relief Fund
According to the officials, Tamil Nadu is witnessing the worst drought in 140 years. The city requires 830 million litres of water every day, but the supply has been half for last few days. The four main reservoirs around Chennai – Poondi, Red Hills, Cholavaram and Chembarambakkam – are all dry, which means pipe water for drinking is being supplied to certain areas only once in three days. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: 1500 Hectares of Farmland Damaged in TN, CM Says Damage Being Assessed
Senior water supply official said, “Water is also coming in from stone quarries in Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur besides two desalination plants in the city”. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar Updates: 1500 Hectares of Farmland Damaged in TN, CM Makes Damage Assessment
Earlier this month, the Egmore railway station, which needs 7.5 lakh litres of water a day, was facing a huge crisis. “We have been reeling with the shortage, so much so that there is no water to supply for water vending units,” a railway official had told Deccan Chronicle. “The minimum the station needs are at least 6 lakh litres of water daily to ensure that water supply, cleaning of stations, coaches go on smoothly,” he added.
Reportedly, due to no rains, the level of ground water has also shrunk at many places in the state. The water bodies are also drying. The farmers are most affected and have been facing trouble due to this drought caused by the deficient rainfall in the state.