Bhopal, April 22: Two more children have joined the list of minor victims in drought-hit regions who have died while attempting to fetch water for their families. The latest fatalities have been reported from Madhya Pradesh, where a 10 and 12-year-old boy drowned in a well. The deceased children belong to Sendhwa village from Barwani district.
The death of the two children is reported a day after an 11-year-old boy, Sachin Kedar died after he fell into a well in Maharashtra’s Beed while trying to fetch water. Beed, falling in Marathwada, is one of the 13 districts of Maharashtra where the drought situation is turning into famine. Children of all households are spotted searching for water in wells spread across the villages. On Tuesday, 12-year-old Yogita died due to heat stroke as she was bringing water for her family in Beed’s Sachet village. (ALSO READ: Drought in Maharashtra claims another life: 11-year-old boy dies fetching water from well in Beed)
Although, the drought situation in Madhya Pradesh is not as fierce as in neighbouring Maharashtra, condition in the rural regions have deteriorated in the past month. Water supplies are being made through tankers. Reservoirs in several districts have reached an alarmingly low level. A couple of weeks back, a woman in Chaukri village of Harda district burnt herself alive due to unavailability of drinking water.