Several parts of India are experiencing a severe water crisis with the latest reports coming from Karnataka and Maharashtra after Chennai as IMD predicts a delayed monsoon this year.
It is reported that in the wake of water shortages witnessed in the state, schools in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts were forced to delay re-opening of schools by a week.
The schools were reopened on May 27 but the students were sent home after the first session as they could not provide water for sanitation purposes and eventually delayed reopening for a week.
Some schools said they will now have to get tankers to provide for the students’ needs. Reports say some schools had even dug bore wells and wells to deal with water crisis.
In Maharashtra, water levels took a steep dip affecting at least 5,000 villages in the state. Water levels in all the surrounding water storage structures recorded their lowest creating drought-like conditions.
Especially districts of Ahmednagar, Jalagaon, Nashik, and Dhule in North Maharashtra were affected with severe water shortages with Ahmednagar being the worst hit.
The Indian Meteorological Department has said on Saturday that the South west monsoon which usually arrives at Kerala coast by 1 June will now reach the coast by June 6. India is largely dependent on the southwest monsoon for its water requirements.
Nearly 70 percent of rainfall is received during the southwest monsoon covering 90 percent of the area and most of the agriculture dependent on rain-fed irrigation. Economic survey 2017-18 says even today over 52 percent of the agriculture is vulnerable to the vagaries of weather.