India is facing probably the worst water crisis that the country has seen in a decade. Water levels at 91 major reservoirs nationwide having no more than 29% water, according to the Central Water Commission (CWC).
In such dire times, around 100-150 residents of a small village in Maharasthra's Marathawada region are left forgotten without availability of drinking water and fodder for their cattle, a primary source of income for the region.
The women of Dongargaon village in Latur district travel as much as two kilometers everyday to get water. The village of Dongargaon falls in the Marathawada region which is witnessing the worst drought in a century. The region has only 1% water left of its 2.17 billion cubic metre capacity, IndiaSpend reported in January.
With no water supply, the farmers in the area are unable to grow crop, rendering them jobless. The farmers are facing a tough time finding water and fodder for their cattle too. "Fodder costs Rs 3000 per kg. We can either afford water or fodder but not both at the same time" says Ramchandra, one of the farmers who depends heavily on cattle rearing for income.
The apathy of the government towards this small village has made situation even worse for them. "Last year when we had droughts, the government used to send water tankers in this area. However this year there is no help from the government" says Reshma, a resident of the village.
Help these farmers by calling their Block Development Officer on +919922818512 and demand that the people of Dongarpur get water tankers and fodder for their cattle.
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