An Heart Touching Carousel Of The Worsened Draught Conditions In Maharashtra..!!

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Photo Journalist Nikhil Inamdar, along with his 23-year-old cousin Ameya Marathe, recently traveled to the Marathwada region of Maharashtra to photograph the effects of the region’s severe ongoing drought. In a photo essay published on The News Minute, they describe the consequences of a drought that has now lasted four years in a row and affected all of the region’s 8,000-plus villages.

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Captioned: Taps have run dry long ago in Marathwada’s towns and villages. People crowd around municipal tanks to get water. Many have to wait as long as 8 hours in blistering heat to get their fill.

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Captioned: A farmer inspects his damaged soybean crop after a prolonged drought in the village of Murud Akola in Marathwada.

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Captioned: “How dare you divert water meant for my colony?” – an argument ensues between an old man and the tank official.

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Captioned: Lugging water filled jars back home has become a daily chore. This family has hired a tricycle for the day. Schools in the region have closed early owing to the water crisis and children say they were having great fun playing ‘water porters’ during their vacation.

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Captioned: Grieving family members of Mahakant Mali, a farmer who took his life, hanging by the neck from a shrunken mango tree at the far edge of his field.

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Captioned: With dams, barrages and borewells running dry, trains now pull in water from other parts of the state. Seen here is the Saigaon dam, which is now little more than a cesspool of grime and filth.

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Captioned: Left – A relative of Mali shows his only photograph. With him in the picture, is his widowed wife in better times.

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