Facing what they call the worst water shortage since 1972, more than 4,000 farmers from Maharashtra state have brought their livestock to “cattle camps” run by aid organizations. The families reside in makeshift tents while struggling to preserve the last of their cattle — and their livelihoods as farmers. The impact of extreme droughts has permanently damaged farmland, depleted groundwater and even pushed some debt-laden farmers to suicide.
How widespread are these shortages? At least eight Indian states are experiencing droughts this season, prompting the government to deploy tanker trucks to communities in need.