Water scarcity claims one life in Thane

Acute shortage of drinking water claimed the life of a woman, who died of exhaustion, allegedly while running from pillar to post for fetching water.

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2012, 11:49 AM IST

Thane: Acute shortage of drinking water in tribal areas of Thane, has claimed the life of a 37-year-old woman, who died of exhaustion, allegedly while running from pillar to post for fetching water, reports reaching the district headquarters said on Monday.

Vasai MLA and chief of Shramajivi Sanghatana, Vivek Pandit told a news agency that the incident took place when Parvati Ramu Jadhav, a tribal woman from Dolara village of Mokhada taluka went to fill water from the tanker, which comes to the village only once in four days.

She could not get water as the tanker went empty before her turn came. Then she turned towards the village well, which already witnessed a huge queue for fetching water.
Pandit said these villagers are required to trek several miles to fetch water which the victim had been doing since several days in scorching sun.

Last week, when Parvati could not get water from the village well even after standing in the line for several hours, she decided to return home, he said.
Reportedly, there was a stampede near the well. On her way back, she collapsed and died later, reports said.

Pandit said the district administration needs to take the water issue seriously and immediately step in to prevent such incidents.

PTI