In drought-hit Latur, battling severe drought for the last three years, a significant rise in kidney stone and urinary tract infection cases due to consumption of bore well water has been witnessed.
“The administration is supplying water through tankers. This water is not pure and is contaminated. Due to lack of surface water people are forced to drink water from borewells,” urologist Dr Hansraj Baheti of Latur added.
“This water contains very high level of salts, calcium and oxalates. These salts make the water hard and people are more prone to kidney stone formation,” Baheti said.
- A ‘water train’ with 10 wagons carrying water for parched Latur in Marathwada region, which is battling the worst drought ever, on Monday left from Miraj in western Maharashtra. The train is expected to reach Latur later in the day.
- The railway wagons meant for supplying water to Latur had reached Miraj from Kota in Rajasthan on Sunday.
- Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had said on Sunday that Maharashtra government and railway ministry were working hard to bring relief to people in drought affected region.
- Railway minister Suresh Prabhu had said, “50 tank wagons steam cleaned reached Miraj for Latur.”
- On April 8, one of two goods trains carrying 50 wagons of water for drought-affected areas of Latur departed from Kota workshop for Miraj in Pune division.
- The second goods train consisting of 50 wagons is expected to be ready for water loading around April 15, a railway official earlier said.
- According to the doctor, there are still two months to go for monsoon and this condition is bound to become graver.