By: Mukesh Dubey: Senior Manager, Communication and Resource Mobilisation
A report, presented by the Government of India in Rajya Sabha, states that there are 266 districts in as many as 11 states affected by the drought. The report highlights Odisha as one the most affected states with 90% of districts reeling under severe drought stress.
Water for me is a privilege. I can get it from a refrigerator nearby or from a purifier. I can also afford to buy it. It is a privilege. And it is for many of us.
But for Shanti Lata Behra water means survival. For her and her community it is a struggle of more than four hours. Twice a day.
Badasahi is a village on the edge of Lake Chilika in Ganjam district in Odisha. Its only source of potable water is a government supply which comes once in 15 days. For the rest of the days people, mostly women, have to walk quite a distance crossing an unmanned railway gate to fetch water. They have to wait for their turn and once the upper castes women leave, they begin to fill their utensils. This photo blog captures their daily struggles.