The agricultural sector, which consumes nearly 90 percent of the country’s water resources, has been the worst hit because of dried up water sources. For farmers, the result has been devastating: crop failure, debt and even suicide. To increase the availability of water, India continues to pump more groundwater. According to a European Commission report, there are more than two crore boreholes in the country today!
Due to climate change, our perennial rivers are increasingly becoming seasonal, while the smaller ones are simply vanishing! Alternating periods of flood and drought are becoming more frequent, costing people their homes and their lives. In May 2016, the river Ganga was so dry in Prayag, Uttar Pradesh, that the locals could walk across it! Just a few months later, all hell broke loose due to floods.