Ground water poses health threat in drought hit Latur

RSTV Bureau
FILE: People line up with their buckets near a water tanker. Photo: PTI

FILE: People line up with their buckets near a water tanker.
Photo: PTI

Drought hit Latur region of Maharashtra is now witnessing a significant rise in kidney stone and urinary tract infection cases due to consumption of bore well water.  Locals say that government supplied water is contaminated and impure and they are forced to drink water from bore wells.

Doctors say that the number of patients suffering by kidney stone disease has increased by more than two-folds this year.

“This water contains very high level of salts, calcium and oxalates. These salts make the water hard and people are more prone to kidney stone formation,” urologist Dr Hansraj Baheti of Latur

Adding to the water shortage scorching heat in the region is causing de-hydration

“This situation has given rise to many problems and led to serious health hazards like increase in urinary stones and urinary tract infections,” said the doctor.

Parts of Maharashtra especially the Marathwada region are reeling under severe drought for the last three years. Apart from Latur, areas like Kej, Ambajogai, Majalgaon, Parli, Omerga, and Osmanabad are facing the similar crisis.

In a bid to provide temporary relief, Government of India has arranged a special goods train with 10 wagons of water is scheduled to reach drought hit Latur in Maharastra by Monday evening.  The train has been arranged by Indian Railways to provide interim relief to the worst affected Marathwada region of Maharashtra state. The carrying capacity of these wagons is 54,000 litres of waters per wagon

Workers fill water in Central Railway train tanks to transport to drought affected Latur District from Miraj station near Sangli. Photo: Twitter/CPRO Central Railway

Workers fill water in Central Railway train tanks to transport to drought affected Latur District from Miraj station near Sangli.
Photo: Twitter/CPRO Central Railway

The train left from Miraj in western Maharashtra on Monday morning after it left from Kota in Rajasthan on Sunday.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Sunday that Maharashtra government and Railway Ministry were working hard to bring relief to people in drought affected region.

“The state at present is reeling under an acute water scarcity-like situation. The government is committed to provide drinking water to the people in any case,” said CM Fadnavis.

On April 8, one of two goods trains carrying 50 wagons of water for drought-affected areas of Latur departed from Kota workshop for Miraj in Pune division.

“As per instructions from the Ministry of Railways, Kota workshop received two goods trains consisting of 50 tank wagons (BTPN) each for deployment in drought-affected areas of Latur during the summer season and the trips of the trains will be arranged as per the requirement,” said an official.

The second goods train consisting of 50 wagons is expected to be ready for water loading around April 15.