The problem of water crisis has deepened in the Southern states of India even as the parts of north east is submerged in floods. In Andhra Pradesh, a 38-year-old woman died in Sompeta town of Srikakulam district. Reports suggests that she died following a physical fight with another woman while they were queued to fill water from public tap. Sources informed that Police have filed case in connection with the death of the victim.
This incident took place on Monday in Sompeta town of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh. The deceased, identified as Tatipudi Padma (38) was a resident of Palli Veedhi area in Sompeta.
Informing about the incident, Sompeta Sub Inspector, K Venkatesh said that Padma had an argument with another woman named Teppala Sundaramma over standing in queue for fetching water from a public tap installed at a nearby school. After a few minutes, the brawl turned intense and both women started manhandling each other with the vessels they were carrying to fetch water.
During the clash, Padma met with severe injuries on chest and head. Later, she slipped and fell down on the road and died on the spot. A case against Sundaramma has been filed and probe in the matter is underway. "She got into a clash with another woman in the queue at the public tap. She suffered head and chest injuries, slipped and died on spot. A case has been filed and an investigation in the matter is underway," Venkatesh said.
The Southern states has been under severe water crisis since days, most disastrous being the situation in Chennai. While, the train carrying 2.5 million liters of water in all the wagons was send to Chennai at 11:30, it was made to wait beyond 3 PM for the Ministers, who arrived at the Villivakkam station. A train with 50 tank wagons (BTPN), with 50,000 liters of water in each, left Jolarpettai at 7.20 am. For this particular project to bring water relief, the Chief Minister announced that Rs. 65 crore was spent. Around 100 inlet pipes installed near the railway tracks would be used to discharge 2.5 million litres of water in all the wagons to be sent to a treatment plant after passing through a conduit, an official of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board said.
Chennai has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past four months. The southern metropolis is facing a daily water deficit of at least 200 million liters, and the four reservoirs supplying to the city have run dry. The rich haven't been spared either, but their suffering is nothing compared to the working class.