More than 80% of the population living in 7 districts of the Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh have been affected by severe drought. In the drought-affected districts of Jalaun, Jhansi, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Chitrakoot, Banda and Lalitpur, people’s lives, especially farmers, are severely impacted. The drought has led to a crisis of availability of drinking water, disrupted agricultural activities, endangered livelihoods and shortage of food.
ActionAid Association conducted a rapid assessment of the water crisis in the 7 districts of Bundelkhand covering 121 villages and 24,176 families. According to the survey, the delay of monsoon has led to the drying up of 65% of the sources of potable water. Out of the 1,069 water bodies in the region, only 31 have water throughout the year. 115 water bodies have been permanently destroyed. Hand pumps, which are the main source of drinking water in the villages are dysfunctional. Out of the 2,410 hand pumps in the region, more than one third are permanently dysfunctional.
At the moment, the primary source of water is water tankers plying in the region. However, the poor and marginalised in the villages, especially remote ones, do not have access to water tankers. Women and children have to walk for 2-4 Kms to collect the water and in many villages, the reported violence has put women at risk, exposing them to danger.
ActionAid is reaching out to the people in the drought-affected districts in Bundelkhand to provide drought relief and livelihood support. In the short term, we are providing drinking water for the affected population and have also set up community kitchens for the elderly, disabled and marginalised communities. For the long term, we are supporting the digging of ponds for rainwater harvesting, organising tree plantation drives and running a campaign on water literacy. In addition, we are supporting the rejuvenation of water bodies with the support of farmer groups, panchayat, and irrigation department of UP.
ActionAid Association seeks to raise Rs 6,00,000 (6 lakhs)
We appeal to you to support our efforts to provide relief to the people affected by the severe drought in Bundelkhand region. Your support is extremely crucial in mobilising funds to ensure the people affected by the drought have access to drinking water and a means to sustain their livelihoods.