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The Drought Dilemma

When in ‘drought’ – save every drop, every day and every way

The word ‘disaster’ invokes imagery of shattering earthquakes, heavy deluges, devastating cyclones etc. However, droughts that are deceptive by nature are equally disturbing calamities. Drought is both an environmental and developmental issue, and nowhere is this graver than in India where the deprived are threatened by the rising unpredictability and instability in weather patterns.

India, its economy and people today depend heavily on the monsoons. However, the harshest summer in decades, the erratic nature of rainfall and the absence of sufficient water from various resources has caused immense hardship to farmers, people living in these areas and the livestock.

In 2016, the disastrous effect of climate change, soaring mercury levels and failed pre-monsoon showers has been acute in several parts of the country, including Karnataka. A large number of people in the state depend upon agriculture for their livelihood and the ongoing disaster has led to crop-yield failure, economic volatility, farmer hardships, loss of livelihoods, shortage of fodder, poor nutrition and health and increased susceptibility to this massive humanitarian disaster in the making.

The grim numbers
No. of people affected: 3.1 crore
No. of villages declared drought hit – 22,759
Of 13 major reservoirs, 7 are fast approaching or have reached dead storage level.
Deep wells being sunk in part of Bengaluru. 6-fold dip in water table in urban areas and three-fold fall in rural Karnataka since 2005.

Despite central aid of Rs 723 crore for drought-affected areas in the state, the condition has moved from bad to worse. In light of the given situation, Namma Bengaluru Foundation provided drinking water to drought-affected villages of Bengaluru Rural District. A total of 144 loads of water having a capacity of 6500 litres each were provided to the following villages:

Water Supply from 16th May, 2016
DateVillagesTotal Loads Supplied
VaddarapalyaDyavasandraNosennuruN.Gollahalli
16-May-163111
17-May-162121
18-May-1622
19-May-16131
20-May-1641
21-May-165
22-May-16221
Total18311436
23-May-16212
24-May-16221
25-May-1632
26-May-16311
27-May-1632
28-May-16212
29-May-16321
Total18313236
30-May-16221
31-May-16212
01-Jun-1632
02-Jun-16221
03-Jun-1632
04-Jun-16311
05-Jun-16213
Total17214336
06-Jun-1632
07-Jun-16221
08-Jun-16212
09-Jun-16221
10-Jun-1632
11-Jun-16221
12-Jun-162121
Total16113636

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