Woman dies after standing for hours to fetch water in drought hit Maharashtra
A woman died after standing for hours in a queue to get water in Maharashtra’s drought-hit Latur, reported PTI.
Kevalbai Kamble, 45, had been standing in the queue for over two hours to get water from a borewell in Atola village in Chakur tehsil when she collapsed due to the intense heat. She was rushed to the government hospital at Latur but was declared dead on admission.
The report also says a 12-year-old girl Yogita had died after making five trips to a water pump near her home in the district. She had been unwell for days with dysentery but was forced to go out in 42 degrees Celsius heat to get water from an almost dry hand-pump.
One of the worst hit is Latur in the marathwada region of Maharashtra. With many wells in the district running dry, the water scarcity is forcing people to try and find water in new areas, venturing down hazardously steep slopes, forming long human chains, to get to the last few gallons of water at lower elevations.