Bhubaneswar, March 26 (LocalWire): Water is the bane of Odisha. When its in abundance, it creates floods and when it is scarce, the people bear the brunt of drought.
Summer is still at its anvil but water shortage has already been reported from several districts.
A report by the Central Ground Water Board shows that 24 out of 30 districts in Odisha have an alarmingly low ground water level and the contaminated water in turn affects10 lakh people or more. More than 68 lakh people do not get sufficient water for their daily needs.
Chhenua, Kanarpur, Udayakani, Katakana and Tandahar remain the worst-affected villages where women have to walk several miles to fetch water.
Rapid industrialisation and seasonal irrigation is depleting the aquifers. The Mahanadi, one of the main sources of water has dried up majorly.
For the past several years, many areas in the state have been facing such acute crisis that the necessary amount of water needed for daily use is also not available.
The government provides water tankers to many villages but the villagers say that is not enough for sustenance.
Kalandi, a resident of a village in Puri district, says, ‘The water provided isn’t enough for our daily needs and we are forced to use saline or contaminated water that causes severe diseases.
Santosh, a resident of Erasama, shares the plight of the people from his village who are forced to use contaminated water.
‘Fluoride contamination is huge in these parts but the villagers have no other option but to use the depleted ground water.
It causes grievous health problems liked deformed bones, dental issues and sometimes even paralysis.’