Here In Kerala, Water Once Every 12 Days

Women working in fields in a Kerala village.
Women working in fields in a Kerala village.

As Kerala reports very high temperatures, several districts of the state are parched, with water reaching many villages once in 12 days. And it’s only March, with the hot months yet to begin in a year that the met department says could be the warmest ever.

Water supplied by the government used to reach few panchayats in rural Thiruvananthapuram thrice a week till last month. But in the last one month, there has been supply only once in 12 days. The Oommen Chandy government has set up helplines across the district, but says it can make few interventions now with the model code of conduct in place for state elections to be held in May.

“We started additional water distribution in Kollam and were stopped by the Election Commission, saying we were violating the model code of conduct. In fact, politicians have been asked to step back and only government officials are doing the work,” said Chief Minister Chandy, adding that the government is planning to go to court to be allowed to help the people.

“We will take this issue up legally because it’s unacceptable that we can’t do anything while people are finding it difficult to get drinking water,” the chief minister said.

62-year-old Chelamma, a daily wage labourer, said she fainted twice this month while working in the fields. “No drinking water, no electricity, I have even fainted. Things are very difficult, we dont even get water supply,” she said in her village, only 27 km away from state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

The Met Department says districts like Kannur, Palakkad and Kozhikode have recorded the highest-ever temperature in March and 2016 may well be the warmest year ever, more than 2015 even set a new record.  Very little rain has made it worse.

“2016 may turn out to be the warmest year in the history for India. This severe heat is expected to continue till June because of the El Nino effect. In Kerala, humidity is also on rhe rise. The aftermath could be reduction in reservoir levels, ground water depletion, severe heat,” said K Santhosh, IMD Regional Director for Kerala.

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  6. The Church has been encroaching throughout the Western Ghats forests in Kerala, cutting down trees, flattening hills, building resorts etc. If they are not stopped soon, they will turn Kerala into a desert.

  7. Should avoid elections during summer. Painful for the voters, officials and candidates. And the election code of conduct sometimes gives really absurd results. Like in this case.

  8. This is the time to demonstrate UNity among all Parties to approach Election commission and seek permission to help people together without any party banners/ slogans except the heart of a citizen. And should be the way forward in all regions of concern. Seeking chair should replace idea of service.

  9. Sell More cars. Sell more bikes. cut down forests and sell it to builders. Don’t ever look at sun as a source of energy for electricity production. Just Ravage this planet. I think we will not let behind anything for our younger generation. At this rate human race may vanish within the next 200 years due to harsh climate change.

    • No, that’s not the scene in Kerala. The CM of Kerala is well aware of Solar Energy! it is just that he wants to do good for people now but alas! the election commision is blocking it! what a pity!

    • A very nice blind opinion and analysis…guess its not your fault for your ignorance but the Congress party’s success in masquerading their double standards. All Keralites can witness the Congress led govt (even the Left party when it was in power) trying its best to sell/cut off agricultural and forest lands to big land developers or illegal sand mining groups who fund their election campaigns.

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