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No water trains to help north Karnataka through its severe drought

For Chandubai Jhadav, a Lambada woman in Aland taluk of Karnataka’s Kalaburgi district, a six-kilometre walk is not for her daily exercise. Under a searing sun, at close to 42 degrees Celsius, the six kilometres is part of a relay service she runs with her daughter-in-law, Sheetal Jhadav, to carry 10 pots of water to her house from a well, located 1.5 kms away from her hamlet.

Chandubai’s quick justification for the requirement of 10 pots for her household best describes the crisis that has overtaken Aland Taluk, which shares the border with Sholapur in Maharashtra. “We are 12 people in the house,’’ she points out.

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