Drought Continues to Impact Parts of India
Parts of India are in the midst of one of the most severe droughts in modern history with recent tolls calculating 330 million people affected by the drought.The drought is expected to affect India for the next six months, costing the national economy at least $100 billion.
The reason for the droughts: two poor monsoon seasons, which have dried up groundwater reserves and other reservoirs.
The city of Hyderabad (Southeast India with population of 6.7 million) is facing a 47 percent gap between water supplies and demand, and farmers are selling their livestock to survive, according to Business Insider India. Yet at the same time Apple Computer announced it would be opening a new development office in Hyderabad today.
According to a recent report by Gospel for Asia (GFA), "As drought conditions worsen, more and more people are forced to spend their days searching or waiting for water," said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA.
GFA-supported workers are undertaking emergency measures to help, including plans to provide 6,000 liters of water throughout the month to 12 villages in one district and one-month rations for 1,000 families. Elsewhere, they are drilling "Jesus Wells" and undertaking other water-supply and food relief efforts.