Aurangabad, Maharashtra, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

The administration has deployed additional 30 tankers to supply the drinking water to the four districts of Marathwada which are facing acute drinking water scarcity due to the severe heat wave sweeping across the region.

As many as 167 water tankers were pressed into service in 124 villages and 115 hamlets of the four districts of the region, as compared to 137 tankers deployed in the previous week, said sources in divisional commissioner's office here.

The districts are Aurangabad, Beed, Osmanabad and Jalna, where the water tanker services started since March.

The administration was forced to increase the number of water tankers in these villages as the maximum temperature increased in the past couple of days.

The highest number of water tankers (65) have been pressed into service in the most affected district of Beed, while only two water tankers were supplying water to two affected villages in Jalna.

According to the sources, the administration has sought Rs 55.23 crore from the state government to tackle the water scarcity situation in the region.

While, the situation in the rest of the four districts in the region -- Parbhani, Hingoli, Nanded and Latur -- is comparatively better, the sources added.

The unseasonal rains once again yesterday lashed several parts of the Parbhani, Beed, Nanded and Latur districts, damaging the mango crop in some parts of these district.

A 47-year-old woman was killed after lightning struck her at Dhakephal village in Beed district, reports stated.

(Posted on 08-05-2014)