Water scarcity

Dry and dreary

Print edition : February 03, 2017

The Papanasam Dam in Tirunelveli district as seen on October 12, 2016. The storage level at the dam is nearing dead-storage level. The situation in the fertile district, which is a rice bowl of Tamil Nadu, is quite critical. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

The Puzhal lake, the main source of drinking water to Chennai city. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

With dams, reservoirs and other waterbodies almost dry, all the 32 districts of Tamil Nadu and Chennai city face the prospect of a water famine.
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