Parched Marathawada

It’s been four years since monsoon didn’t take place in western Maharashtra properly. Shifting rainfall is the biggest causes that made the entire province get parched. Most affected areas are Latur, Sholapur, Beed, Govindpura, Bhatkheda, Nageshwari, Osmanabad, Sonchin chuli. The vagaries of nature have already taken their toll. The farmers in the hinterland have no way out, the common man clings to a collapsing infrastructure in the cramped city. Water wagons sent from Kota, Rajasthan have done little. But that is really not enough for the common people. Farmers have committed suicideas their parched fields do not have thecapacity to produce crops to pay back their loans. Dried up damn areas are getting drilled to reserve the rain water for upcoming days. In few areas man power is also involved to make more deep their existing water reservoir. Though little rainfall, shifting rainfall is the reason of being parched but according to the inhabitants of these areas, sugar factory, liquor factory because these units used up more water for the filtration purpose. Sugarcane is the key material of sugar and geographically it is cultivated in water doused region where water holding capacity is adequate. But now a days people of Western Maharashtra get engaged in sugarcane cultivation in their wizened land and their doomsday begins.

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Bhatkheda village, outskirt of Latur district

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Bhatkheda, outskirt of Latur dist.

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Bhatkheda, outskirt of Latur

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Ausa village

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Govindpura

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Killari

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Sonchin chuli

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Sonchin chuli

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Bhatangli

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Shivli

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St.Gorba society, Latur

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Latur district

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St. Gorba society

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Latur district

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Near Bhatkheda village

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A dam near Bhatkheda village, Latur district

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Sugar factory, few kilometres away from Latur town

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Sonvati dam

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Nageswari

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Sonvati dam

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Manjara dam

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