Maharashtra drought: 12-year-old girl dies of heat stroke while fetching water

A 12-year-old girl died of a heat stroke on Tuesday in drought-hit area of Maharashtra’s Beed district.

According to reports, Yogita Desai, a class 5 student, went to fill water from a hand pump that is 500 metres away from her house. After Yogita made four trips to fill up water, she was dehydrated, and collapsed as she returned for the fifth trip. The doctor who treated her said that she died of a heart attack and dehydration.


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A resident of Sablkhed village, it is being stated that she was also troubled by dysentery.

As has been widely reported, Maharashtra is facing severe drought. Affected by the same, a group of around 200 people from various districts in Marathwada has migrated to Mumbai and are working as daily wagers.

While IPL matches will not be played in Maharashtra from next month in the wake of the severe drought situation, ‘water trains’ carrying five lakh litres of water each are being sent to parched Latur in Marathwada.

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1 Comments

  • Rajaram Gowda20-Apr-2016

    Government should hang its head in shame to allow this tragedy. It's time that all parties come together to prevent such kind of tragedy in future. Linking of rivers, etc. should be explored.

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