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Preventing water crises

Crisis: millions hit by water shortages in India

In some parts of southern India, the water situation has become critical: in Chennai, a city with five million inhabitants and the capital of Tamil Nadu state (and the country’s sixth largest city) there has been a water shortage for weeks.

According to the Indian NDTV news channel, the shortage is caused by all four of the city’s reservoirs having dried up in the dry season. There is now no water in the public water network, water is rationed to the population from tanker cars. In some towns in Tamil Nadu, people have taken to the streets to protest against the poor water supply.

In the meantime, the northern and eastern parts of India are suffering a heat wave, with temperatures occasionally rising above 50 degrees Celsius in the region. According to the India Meteorological Department, the late arrival of the monsoon has resulted in rainfall all around the country dropping 43 percent below the usual levels.

Video: YouTube/South China Morning Post. Source of the photo on the opening page: MTI/AP/R. Parthibhan
Further information: CNN

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