An appeal to aid and rehabilitate drought – hit people in Maharashtra

An appeal to aid and rehabilitate drought – hit people in Maharashtra

Summer may still be a couple of months away but in 3,905 villages in 12 districts of Maharashtra, faced with one of the worst droughts since 1972, people have started migrating to Mumbai and neighbouring Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

A high-ranking govt. official said situation in five districts ”Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed and Osmanbad “is so bad that the existing drinking water will last only till the end of this month. “For the state govt., it will be a real testing time. After March, we will have to transport water to these areas either from neighbouring districts or even by trains from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh,” he said. sib12 He further admitted that the available water in dams is grim. In the badly-affected Marathwada region, only 9% water is left in the dams compared with 30 per cent last year. In western Maharashtra, the stock is 32 per cent against 40 per cent last year. Similar situation is in Vidarbha, north Maharashtra and Konkan.

The official pointed out that the state is facing such a situation owing to extreme exploitation of ground water. “Look at the history of the state. Once in a decade, we are facing drought, but we have not learnt lessons. We are overdrawing underground water. We have concentration of sugar factories in Solapur and Osmanabad, as a result, there is highest consumption of water in these districts,” he said. sib13 in the Jalna district where many claim the last time their taps had water was over five years ago. “I got water for one day only, on the day I got my connection in 2007. After that, there has been no water in our colony. The authorities keep charging us for water tax, but I don’t pay up,” said a former government employee.

The crisis has been further aggravated by the depleting water table with bore-wells, which individual homes depend on, going dry. sib14 “We last got water about 2-3 years ago. We have bore-wells but they too don’t have water so we buy water from tankers,” said Rekha, a housewife.

Water is so precious here that storage tanks are secured under lock and key.

Fact File:

  • Due to acute water shortage maintaining cattle has become a daunting issue for the locals.
  • Animal camps are setup for this purpose. A member of a family has to stay at this camp along with their cattle.
  • Gents in the animal camp and ladies engaged to manage for water along with the daily chores , the school going children are left on their own.
  • Managing meal for the children has also become an issue.
  • Along with tackling current drought issue , steps also have to be taken to avoid such situations in future.
  • Funds Requirement Total requirement: 2 Crore 60 Lakh Rupees District Fund Requirement Details of Work

Funds Requirement Total requirement: 2 Crore 60 Lakh Rupees District Fund Requirement Details of Work
Ahmednagar-South15 LakhAnimal Fodder Distribution: Fodder Camps, Fodder for goats
Medical care for Animals Water supply , tanks etc. Food and bus pass for Students
Ahmednagar-North10 Lakh
Satara50 Lakh
Sangli75 Lakh
Solapur-Pandharpur-Baramati10 Lakh
Marathwada–7 Districts100 Lakh
Following supply is needed for at least 3 months April-May-June

  • Donate- Cattle feed (supplementary food) Rs. 500 per Month/per cattle 
  • Donate – Cattle Grass (Basic food) Rs. 1000 per cattle for 2 weeks 
  • Donate – 12,000 Lit Water Tanker per Trip Rs. 2000/- 
  • Donate – Student Mid -day Meal + Travel Pass Rs. 2000/- (for 10/12 Std students for Entrance exams at Dist. Places)
  • Donate- 1000 Lit. Water Tank for Storage Rs. 4000/- 
  • Donate- 5000 Lit. Water Tank for Storage Rs. 20,000/- 
  • Donate 10 Ton (1 Truck load) Cattle feed Rs. 1.5 Lakhs

Sewa International Bharat reiterates its commitment to provide relief & Rehab to people in distress in the state of Maharashtra directly or through its partner voluntary organizations.

Account details:
For Foreign Donations-
Sewa International Account No.- 10080533326
Jhandewala Extn Branch (Delhi)
State Bank of India Branch Code- 9371 Swift Code – SBININBB550 IFS Code – SBIN0009371

Account details: For Inland Donations-

Sewa International Account No.- 10080533304
Jhandewala Extn Branch (Delhi) State Bank of India Branch Code – 9371 Swift Code – SBININBB550 IFS Code – SBIN0009371

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