Water woes in drought-hit Maharashtra, India

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Feature Story - 4 June, 2013
Right now millions of families in India are confronting the worst drought in 40 years.

India drought

Facts

● 11,800 villages are currently facing the drought.
● Approximately 29,50,000 families are suffering because of the drought
● In the worst hit areas like Dhule district, several people have fallen ill after consuming dirty water.
● Drinking water is supplied only once in 7-10 days to some villages and the villagers allege that even the municipal corporation is supplying polluted water. 

Blogpost by Julie Macken - Senior Communications Officer

I am forever telling my daughter that life is not always simple, not always a case of the good guys versus the bad guys, that there are usually two sides to every argument. But I have just come across the exception to this, a situation where it is just so wrong there can be no argument, no weighing up the pros and cons.

Right now millions of families in India are confronting the worst drought in 40 years – but the devastating impact of this drought is being made much worse because desperately needed water is being taken from farmers and given to coal companies so they can wash coal.

That’s right, wash coal rather than feed millions of Indian families.

The drought has not been caused by a massive drop in rainfall, but because the community’s water has been taken from the farmers and given to the coal barons.

Right now 11,800 villages are currently facing the drought. Approximately 2,950,000 families are suffering because of the drought and in the worst hit areas like Dhule district, several people have already fallen ill after consuming dirty water. Tragically the drinking water that is supplied only once in 7-10 days to some villages looks like being polluted water supplied by the municipal corporation.

We cannot remain silent as this kind of brutal economics is allowed to continue. The health of millions of people must be held more highly than the profits given to a handful of coal kingpins.

Please on behalf of the mums and dads in Maharashtra, please sign this petition and demand the water goes to those who desperately need it. Every name that is added builds momentum around the campaign and makes it more likely for us to get the change we want to see.

Will you join me by taking action on this campaign?

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