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Water crisis deepens in Kumaon

Tribune News Services

Pitthoragarh, May 18
After rain evaded the Kumaon region for more than a week, the water crisis in the region has deepened as traditional water sources that fulfil the maximum drinking water requirement of the region have gone dry.

“In dozens of villages of Tarikhet and Dwarahat blocks of Almora district, villagers have to wait for long hours at the traditional water sources only to obtain 20 to 30 litres of water,” said Pratap Singh Negi, a social worker in the Tarikhet block of Almora district.

According to Negi, villagers have now started water rationing in more than a dozen villages in Tarikhet and a same number of villages in Dwarahat block.

In the Someswar area of Almora district, villagers depend on drinking water schemes drawn from distant jungles where most original sources have dried up.

“Villagers in remote villages in the Someswar area are now rationing water from traditional sources,” said Puran Singh Adhikari, another social worker from the area. [more]