Following heavy rains which lashed the city reviving tap water supply, Latur now has something to cheer for, after months of drought. Latur was looking at another year of drinking water crisis, was able to fill two main barrages to their optimum capacity, after rains in the last 24 hours. Even the Manjara river once considered the lifeline of the city which was dried up, is now flowing with full force, due to the Southwest monsoon which has been active in most parts of Maharashtra. Latur has had two years of deficient monsoon, where the residents received drinking water through taps once in 15 days till December 2015. After that they got water once in three weeks, which finally stopped in February.
Latur’s civic body and local district administration on Sunday decided to start the water supply through taps which were dry for almost 6 months. The administrations have will lift 20 million litres of water daily from Nagzari barrage and Sai barrage. The Manjara dam is still dry. It generally caters to the drinking water needs in the city. “You can say that Latur’s water problem is almost over,” Sudhakar telang, Municipal Commissioner, Latur had told The Indian Express. A video showing people celebrating after getting water from the taps, was posted on Twitter.
WATCH: Heavy rainfall revives tap water supply in drought affected areas of Latur, Maharashtra, after over 5 months.https://t.co/rGOeNjwvRX
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The rain reportedly started on Saturday evening. Heavy rains started at night and covered the whole district. Almost 110 mm rainfall was recorded till late night. The district in the 24 hours starting Saturday morning reportedly received around 68.2mm of rainfall, which was the highest for the season.