posted on Jul, 24 2009 @ 08:15 AM
I am from India. And just in case you dont know, the rain water harvesting mechanisms are in place from the ancients days due to the hard work by the
villagers in the villages, and the water is stored in ponds and lakes or sent underground through surface wells.
The problem is that the climate change currently occuring makes the monsoon rains erratic in nature. The crops depend on the timely arrival of the
rains during the south-west monsson, and though mumbai is recieving lots of rain, many parts of the country have not yet recieved a drop of rain.
The bad news for India is scrawled across the scorching sky. Not a speck of monsoon clouds has been spotted over much of north and northwestern
India for weeks, and the meteorological office has confirmed fears that the country will get late and below-normal rains this year. In a nation where
60% of farmland depends on rains, and where farms provide livelihood to more than 60% of the population, the news has triggered widespread panic. Top
bureaucrats have been huddled up in meetings to chart out contingency plans to minimize damage to an already-stagnant agriculture sector in an economy
which has only just begun to show signs of recovery following the worldwide slump.
And so this creates drought like situations in most of the parts of the country.
And moreover in the pre monsoon times, during the month of may the temperatures soar well over 40 degree celsius in most places and you wont believe
that a full pond will dry up within weeks.
. Trust me, I have seen a considerably large pond dry in a week. And this results in water scarcity in
the summer times, and coupled with the late arrival or failure of the monsoons due to the el nino, results in drought.
Trust me, I see the plight of people(myself included) struggling to get enough water, when it is supplied once in ten days. It sucks.