Latur/Mumbai, April 20: With drought affecting 33 crore people in 256 districts in 10 states in India, there is respite for Marathwada as a special train carrying 25 lakh litres of water reached Latur district on Wednesday. This train in being sent by the Indian Railways to give some relief to thirsty people, struggling for water. Also Read - Indian Railways Latest News: Platform Ticket Rates Hiked. Check Price Details Here
The special trains, named Jaldoot Express, reached from Miraj junctions to the worst-affected Latur district of Maratrhwada region in Maharashtra where more than 1,000 suicides by farmers have been reported in just a year. It is known that the Railways have sent the wagons to Kota for cleaning, before sending it to Latur with drinking water. ALSO READ: Maharashtra: Only 3 per cent water left in drought-hit Marathwada dams Also Read - Entertainment on Wheels: Railways Set to Introduce On-Demand Movies, Videos, News in Different Languages on Trains. Deets Inside
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The water level in Dams in Marathwada have declined to 3 per cent and the situation in 7 out of 11 dams have worsened, as not a single drop of water is left in those areas. It has been informed by the Indian Meteorological Department that the temperature and the heat waves are likely to increase, creating more problems for the state authorities. Situation in three districts, particularly in Beed, Osmanabad and Latur, is worrisome, as 6 projects have been completely dried up. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that his government is trying its best to give some relief to the affected people.
Adding more worry to the current situation, is the people travelling miles in the heat to fetch water. There were grim images where children getting down in the wells to fetch water. In an incident on Tuesday, a fifth class student died of heat stroke after she did repeated trips to nearest hand pumps in drought-hit Beed district. Considering the fact the people in water-starved states are fighting with each other, children travelling miles for water is not new.
The water scarcity is going to rise with the rising temperature and the situation will worsen from the first week of May, as predicted by the IMD. With heat waves rising at a speedy rate and the water level is declining at a much faster rate, even the help from actors like Aamir Khan, Nana Patekar and Akshay Kumar may not solve the issue. The Railways, who is sending water wagon to parched lands, will have to make more trips in the coming times and if the help does not reach the right people, we will have to prepare ourselves for some really bad news.