Women in Karnataka’s Tarihal village have to go 40 to 50 feet down a well to fetch water. Severe shortage of water and acute drought have forced these women to resort to such extreme means.
Parts of Karnataka have been hit with a severe drought. Since January 2015, more than 1,000 farmers have killed themselves in Karnataka, unable to cope with the relentless combination of drought and debt.
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Apart from the well, there is a lake and four other wells in Tarihal. But due to the drought, water level has gone down in all these water bodies have dried up.
The government is sending water in tankers, but the villagers say that water isn’t fit for consumption.
“They think water supplied through tanker is hard and not good for consumption. Hence, they are fetching the water from well,” said the gram panchayat officers.