21st April 2020
As a major Indian city runs out of water, 9 million people pray for rain
As the sun rises, so, too, does the heat, heading toward a high of 109 degrees. Finally, at 8 a.m., water spills from the pump. But the flow is erratic, requiring a 10-minute wait before the next vessel can be filled. A sharp argument erupts between neighbors over whose turn is next. Last month, a woman in the area was stabbed when a fight over water turned violent.
The situation is “mental torture,” said Vani, 44, hoisting a neon-colored plastic pot full of water to her waist before starting o