Brought to its knees, Chennai united by the water crisis

Chennai, Water crisis, Drought, Tamil Nadu, Tankers, Ennore, Water scarcity, Rainfall
Chennai's main water reserves have all but dried up. Photo: iStock

A resident of Medavakkam in Chennai, Jaya’s daily routine begins at 5 am — she quickly gets ready to travel almost 16 km to reach her workplace in Thyagaraya Nagar. Until two months ago, her biggest concern was getting on the bus at the right time to reach her workplace on time. Now, she has a more pressing issue to worry about — making sure she has enough water for the day.

As Chennai continues its struggle with a severe water crisis, residents across the city stand together, literally, day and night, for whatever water they can get their hands on. The last month has brought the city collectively down to its knees, with its four major storage reservoirs — Poondi, Cholavaram, Puzhal and Chemarambakam — currently at less than one per cent of storage level.

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Move the central slider to see the Puzhal reservoir before and after the drought. Source: The Copernicus Sentinel-2 Satellite images provided by Maxar Technologies (Photos: AP)

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