WARANGAL: Thouti Lachaiah, a farmer at Bekkal village, cultivated paddy in his land of three acres this Rabi season. As rains have eluded the state, so has luck eluded Lachaiah.
The crop, which should have by now yielded a good harvest, has now turned into a grazing ground for his cattle. Latchaiah’s bad luck did not end there. In the remaining three acres of his land, he raised banana and mango plantations, pinning all his hopes on the three borewells he dug up sometime ago. But all the three borewells have dried up and so have the hopes of Latchaiah.
While the farmer’s condition reflects that of the whole farming community in the district, there are other victims who are facing the wrath of drought.
The situation in Warangal and Hanmakonda is similar. Bhadrakali Cheruvu in Warangal town gets water from the Lower Manair Dam (LMD) in Karimnagar every year to provide water to the twin towns. With the dead storage level at LMD, the Bhadrakali Cheruvu cannot be filled. As a result, the residents of Warangal and Hanmakonda are now receiving tap water once in three days.