STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Tribals Hit as Bhavani Dries Up

The Irular tribes of Anaikatty and near Mulli are most affected by the severe heat and water crisis.

Published: 07th April 2016 06:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th April 2016 06:53 AM   |  A+A-

COIMBATORE: The hills of Anaikatty and the forests of Mulli near the Kerala border are bone dry. Past Athikadavu, the Bhavani, which just a few months back was in spate, appears like a narrow stream with the riverbed clearly visible. The Irular tribes of Anaikatty and near Mulli are most affected by the severe heat and water crisis.

“When we don’t get piped water supply, we have to travel a distance of three km and collect water in pots,” said a woman residing in Gundoor settlement in Karamadai panchayat limits. “On these days, which could be three days a week, our children don’t go to school. We don’t even have much to eat. How will our children go to school,” she questioned.

Gundoor has around 40 families. Kali and Veeran, the village headmen, said that on days when there was no piped water supply, all men and women wake up early and head to Bhavani River with their pots. “There are seven borewells, of which only one functions sporadically,” said Kali. “We cannot even think of growing crops with such an acute shortage of water,” he added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp