Latur drought: At 42 degree Celsius heat, woman dies while waiting to fetch water

Mumbai: A 45 years old woman died while fetching water in Maharashtra's drought-hit Latur district on Tuesday.

Kevalbai Kamble had been standing in a queue to fetch water from a borewell at Atola village in Chakur tehsil for over two hours when she collapsed, a local police official said.

People waiting for water tankers in Latur.

People waiting for water tankers in Latur.

She was rushed to the government hospital at Latur but was declared dead on admission. In the drought-hit Beed last month, 11-year-old Sachin Kengar died while he was trying to get water from a well near his village.

In the parched district, it was one of the many deep wells in which water had mostly dried up and pooled at the bottom. Also last month in Beed district, 12-year-old Yogita Desai died after making five trips to a water pump near her home.

She had been unwell for days with dysentery but was forced to go out in 42 degrees Celsius heat to get water from an almost dry hand-pump.

Updated Date: May 04, 2016 08:06 AM

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