It is difficult, perhaps impossible, to farm when your village is draught-stricken. It is even more difficult when the people who can farm migrate to cities to earn some money, to help others to survive. Five villages in east Rajasthan were going through a similar fate. Rajasthan is known for its miserable summers, with temperature rising over 50 degrees Celsius. And the situation worsens when people are not aware that they should lock their taps,Read More
A barren, arid land with no water for cultivation, cattle or even drinking, and lots and lots of salt-that was all there was for the people of villages around Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan. The lake, once a brimming water body and the source of life and livelihood for the neighbouring villages, had almost run dry. The reason was scarce rainfall and a multitude of salt pans. The largely illegal salt pans, drawing water from about 10000 tube wells, wereRead More
At 13, Sabriti should have been in school, studying for a bright future. But the teenager from Chhatarpur district of Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh has often had to trek for miles to collect water for her family.
She is just one of the girls from the region whose education has suffered due to the water scarcity. It was no surprise then that this region has been one of the most backward in the country.
Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts draw water from the perennial river Thamirabarani, which is the lifeline for the people. It feeds 53 tanks in Tuticorin district and everyone is dependent on this water for livelihood. But when the northeast monsoon fails, the tanks dry up and there’s no water for drinking, let alone for irrigation. The result –the land is parched, the fields dry and the farmers’ eyes look heavenwards. TirunelveliRead More