Malkangiri district in Odisha reels under water scarcity as summer hits

Sources said attempts were made to dig up 25 tube-wells in the village since last year but were unsuccessful.

Published: 18th April 2022 09:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th April 2022 09:07 AM   |  A+A-

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Women and kids carrying water in a Nabarangpur village. (File Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

MALKANGIRI:  With onset of summer, water crisis has become a grim reality in various parts of Malkangiri district. Women walking miles with pitchers on their heads to collect water have become a common sight. 

For instance, Chidipalli village under Malkangiri block, has 111 households. Of the six tube wells, two have become defunct and the rest release muddy water. This has forced residents of the village to depend on unhygienic water by digging up pits which often poses health risks. 

Sources said attempts were made to dig up 25 tube-wells in the village since last year but were unsuccessful. Besides the lone solar based pipe supply in the village is located at a distance and reportedly doesn’t cater the needs of all households. Contacted, Tandiki panchayat extension officer Dayanidhi Nimal said he drew the attention of the district administration many times but none paid heed. 

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