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Inder Singh, a Congress councillor, who was also standing in the queue to get drinking water, alleged that the municipal wards represented by the Congress, were being selectively targeted.
Faced with the scarcity of drinking water for the seventh consecutive day, residents of several parched localities of Shimla on Sunday threatened to put locks at the local Municipal Corporation (MC) as private tankers failed to fulfill the requirement.
The town’s busy Mall road, which is normally buzzing with tourists’ activity at weekends, saw long queues of men, women and children rushing to fill-up water at the arrival of water tankers.
Inder Singh, a Congress councillor, who was also standing in the queue to get drinking water, alleged that the municipal wards represented by the Congress, were being selectively targeted. “There is no drop of water for past six days. Despite being a Sunday, people spent hours in fetching water. I will tender my resignation in protest if the situation doesn’t change” he said.
In Sanjauli, the residents were forced to fetch water from local cremation ground on the bypass road. The Boilioe ganj area went without water on the seventh day.
Local hospitals, both government and private, schools, hostels, including girls hostels of the schools, colleges and university such as Portmore, RKMV and Himachal Pradesh university and offices faced the water crisis. Several places have started emitting foul smell. read more…
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Drought is tightening its grip across the Southwest as extreme conditions spread from Oklahoma to Utah, according to a new federal data released Thursday.
On the southern high plains, Oklahoma remains ground zero for the worst drought conditions in the United States. About 20 percent of the state is facing exceptional drought conditions — the worst possible classification.
Most of Colorado also is under severe drought and almost all of the Texas Panhandle is seeing extreme drought or worse conditions.
The federal drought map shows dry conditions have intensified across northern New Mexico and expanded in Arizona.
Nearly half of New Mexico and Arizona are facing extreme drought or worse conditions while about 60 percent of Utah is under severe drought. according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Along the Rio Grande in New Mexico, the irrigation allotment will be less than half of what farmers received last year due to subpar snowmelt from the mountains. read more…
Researchers from the University of Maryland studied rainfall data to measure boundary changes of the desert and found that higher summer temperatures coupled with dry winters are increasing the overall aridity of the land. The expansion of the desert also spells trouble for humans and ecosystems in the Sahel, the transition zone between the desert and the lush green lands of the Savannah to the south.
“The trends in Africa of hot summers getting hotter and rainy seasons drying out are linked with factors that include increasing greenhouse gases and aerosols in the atmosphere,” said Ming Cai, program director at the National Science Foundation, the group that funded the study. “These trends have a devastating effect on the lives of African people.”
In the study, published in the Journal of Climate, researchers found that the Sahara underwent its most significant expansion during summer, enlarging by an astonishing 16 percent before contracting during the winter months. Scientists believe the responsibility for this is split between factors related to climate change and natural climate cycles, with the latter thought to account for more than 65 percent of the overall expansion since 1920. read more…
Cape Town water crisis forces cops to target new breed of criminals
Drought-hit South African city risks becoming world’s first big metropolis to go dry
Cape Town Municipal authorities in South Africa’s drought-stricken Cape Town have approved a punitive tariff for high water usage, local broadcaster eNCA says.
The tourist metropole is suffering the worst drought in recorded history, according to climate researchers.
If residents don’t save enough water, Cape Town will reach “Day Zero” on April 21, and will have to turn off the taps and risking becoming the first major city in the world to run dry.
To prevent “Day Zero”, the city announced residents will be limited to 50 litres per person per day from February 1.
The new restrictions come after 60 per cent of residents in the city of 4.5 million people have continued to use more than 87 litres a day, ignoring previous restrictions, the city said in a statement.
“It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care,” the statement read. read more…