Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Aug 26: Shortage of drinking water across five districts of the Marathwada region has worsened further owing to scanty rainfall in these districts. The Divisional Commissioner officials sources on Monday issued a report stating that due to absence of rain across the region, the administration was forced to deploy 1323 water tankers to supply water to the affected 1037 villages and 171 hamlets which comprises 24.76 lakh population across in Beed, Aurangabad, Jalna, Osmanbad and Latur districts.
The administration has acquired 2,628 private wells to supply and fill up water tankers because most of the water dams were still running dry with no significant rainfall, they said. Beed, known as the drought-prone district in the region, was the most affected district with the highest numbers of 776 water tankers providing water to the 535 villages and 113 hamlets followed by 186 tankers providing water to the 133 villages and seven hamlets in Osmanabad district.
As many as 159 water tankers were supplying water to the 188 villages and 20 hamlets in Aurangabad district, 132 tankers supplying water to 120 villages and 24 hamlets in Jalna district and 70 tankers were supplying water to the 61 villages and seven hamlets in Latur district. However, the remaining three districts of Nanded, Hingoli and Parbhani does not need water tankers as the situation is better to some extent.UNI