A 38-year-old woman was killed in a scuffle over drawing water from a public tap in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh said the police on Monday.

The victim Tatipudi Padma was allegedly attacked by some other women when a fight broke out over drawing water from a public tap in the village.

The fight began when some women broke the queue and stood before the tap. Padma who was waiting for her turn objected to it. This led to a scuffle between two groups of women when some of them attacked Padma with steel pots.

Padma sustained severe injuries on her head and died on spot said the police according to the eyewitnesses.

Police have taken Sundaramma into custody in connection with the death of the woman. Further investigation is underway.

The incident brings to notice that several parts of Andhra Pradesh are facing severe water shortage. Similar incidents were reported earlier.

There are villages which are surviving on a single public tap in the state. Due to a delayed and a sluggish monsoon, water levels in several reservoirs dipped to their lowest causing severe inconvenience to residents.

The Rayalaseema region is another drought stricken place in Andhra Pradesh reeling under acute water shortage. The deviation of rainfall this monsoon is believed to be around 42 percent from the normal average around this time ofg the monsoons.

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