Water scarcity leading farmers to suicide

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water scarcityIndia has been witnessing growing water scarcity over the past several years now as population growth, industrialisation and climate change are having an impact on the country's available water sources. Pollution of water sources, which is on the rise, is also leading to water scarcity in several parts of the country.

Groundwater is also dwindling in the country. Alarm bells have already started ringing in areas where groundwater has reached critical levels. This is also happening due to overexploitation of groundwater resources, largely by farmers. In several areas, unapproved borewells have been dug and water is being taken out without any concern for its recharge.

The scarcity of water in India is leading to many problems. Farmers are unable to manage their crop cycles due to unavailability of water, both surface and groundwater. Several farmers have reportedly committed suicides, particularly in parts of Maharashtra, due to several factors that include unavailability of water. Elsewhere, industrial houses are stopping production in water scarce regions and making better arrangements to harness water for captive use before the monsoons. But, there have been cases when monsoon rains have also failed to alleviate the problem of water scarcity in India.

India has been witnessing growing water scarcity over the past several years now as population growth, industrialisation and climate change are having an impact on the country's available water sources. Pollution of water sources, which is on the rise, is also leading to water scarcity in several parts of the country.

Groundwater is also dwindling in the country. Alarm bells have already started ringing in areas where groundwater has reached critical levels. This is also happening due to overexploitation of groundwater resources, largely by farmers. In several areas, unapproved borewells have been dug and water is being taken out without any concern for its recharge.

The scarcity of water in India is leading to many problems. Farmers are unable to manage their crop cycles due to unavailability of water, both surface and groundwater. Several farmers have reportedly committed suicides, particularly in parts of Maharashtra, due to several factors that include unavailability of water. Elsewhere, industrial houses are stopping production in water scarce regions and making better arrangements to harness water for captive use before the monsoons. But, there have been cases when monsoon rains have also failed to alleviate the problem of water scarcity in India.