India water by train in heatwave keeps city alive as cricket matches cancelled, farmers and animals suffer

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In India, 330 million people across 10 states are in the grip of a crippling drought and heatwave…Supplies are so depleted in one city that it is entirely reliant on drinking water delivered daily by train… nine-hour journey from a dam near the coast has delivered parched Latur 2.5 million litres of water…Dams and rivers are all dry — result of successive poor monsoons and rampant depletion of groundwater by agriculture…For anyone without the often illegally sunk bores, the train has been their sole source of water for several weeks now.
“I stand in queue for water at 2:00am and my turn only comes around 6:00am.”
Elsewhere in the city, Vishwanath Gaikadh wipes the sweat away after he and his wife finish loading a tuk-tuk with water they have spent five hours waiting for.
“I queued up here yesterday, but didn’t get anything, so I returned empty handed.”

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