In Maharashtra, fields have dried up, so have the rivers and lakes, leaving people with temporary solutions to what could potentially turn into a permanent problem if not handled properly.
Where is the greenery? Women in Sholapur district working to construct a catchment pond in hopes of being prepared for the next dry spell.
In the sweltering heat, with no shade and temperatures crossing 45 degrees, the working conditions are very tough but with no other means, they go for whatever work they find.
A farmer from Sholapur district stands in his 10 year old Pomegranate field that has now dried up causing huge losses.
Parched land was all I saw during my two weeks in drought-hit regions. Fields were abandoned and crop was either dying or already dead.
Desilting of lakes was being carried out at many places to provide employment opportunity and to conserve water but incomplete projects everywhere meant all the resources and effort put in was going waste.
Dried field of Tamarind in Ashti Taluka of Beed district.
Dried up banana plantations in the Jalgaon district.
Failed Cotton crop, seen in the background is the Deepnagar Power Plant.
Left overs of dried up Custard apple fields in Nasik district.
Pomegranate cultivation earned huge profits for Maharashtra farmers until the recent drought that has destroyed most of the pomegranate fields.
Dried branches of a Guava plantation seen in Sinnar Taluka of Nasik district.
In Ashti Taluka, a cattle camp is seen across the bridge over a dried up river.
Images: © Neelima Vallangi/Greenpeace
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Neelima is a travel blogger and photographer. She travelled across the drought-hit regions of Maharastra to find out the reality of the situation in the area.
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