Video: Children Climb Down Dangerous Wells to Fetch Water After Drought Hits India
Video: Children Climb Down Dangerous Wells to Fetch Water After Drought Hits India

India is facing a severe water crisis and village children are finding extreme ways to fetch water.

A video shows children climbing down the steep walls of an almost-dry well to fetch the little bit of water that’s left.

The drought-affected village in the video is in Dindori, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.


According to Mashable, the shortage has been called the country’s worst water scarcity in a decade.

The drought has also affected neighboring areas, including Maharashtra, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and the Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh.

Drought aside, the World Bank estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water, according to Water.org, which helps supply water to drought-affected areas. “In India, diarrhea alone causes more than 1,600 deaths daily—the same as if eight 200-person jumbo-jets crashed to the ground each day,” the website states.

“India’s overall water availability is running dry,” said Shannyn Snyder in an article for The Water Project. “Water scarcity in India is expected to worsen as the overall population is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by year 2050.”

A video posted to Twitter on April 9 shows local villagers fighting over water: 

On Monday, the government sent tankers of water by rail to the parched Latur district near Mumbai in Maharashtra, according to Indian Express. Latur is experiencing its worst water crisis in decades. 

Since water is so scarce in India, parents are telling their children to ditch school and fetch water instead, reported Asia News International.

“We are forced to miss our exams,” a college student in India said.

Some areas of India have a relatively wet climate, even in the most arid regions—the monsoon season generally starts in July. “However, with no rain catchment programs in place, most of the water is displaced or dried up instead of used,” Snyder said.

Skymet Weather is forecasting above-normal rainfall for India’s monsoon season this year. 

 

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