In the past four years, the northern parts of Tamil Nadu have witnessed the wrath of nature in varying forms; it saw the devastating floods in 2015, touted as the worst heavy rainfall witnessed in over 100 years; followed by the cyclones and in the present year, the failed monsoons across the whole of Tamil Nadu has resulted in drought. Drought recorded as the worst in 140 years of records.
Crops have failed and many plantations have been cut before the plants died. Consequently the cost of staple diet foods has risen. Families are affected having to buy drinking water imported from other States. Women walking up to 1 km to find any source of water and then forming long queues for the last drop of water are not uncommon now.
A JHC visitor to Dindigul has recently experienced this lack of water, using washing up water to flush the toilet, and good old fashion system of washing from a bucket – he did manage to have one shower in two weeks!