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Major India City Suffering Dire Drought Conditions, 21 More On Cusp

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Major India City Suffering Dire Drought Conditions, 21 More On Cusp

For many people in the western world, a SHTF plan is nothing more than a conspiracy theorist’s hording strategy. It’s not viable nor precautionary. That’s because, for most people in modern society, they can’t conceive radical changes to their community. But it’s safe to say that the people of one of India’s largest cities, Chennai, probably never thought they’d be drinking rainwater from old cans. But that’s what’s happening today unless you are one of the elitist, who drink from buckets that face the skies on rooftops throughout the region. Even the top fo the social class is barely making things work as a nasty drought continues to cause calamity.

In India, water is taken from groundwater and reservoir sources. It’s on about two hours per day as drought conditions continue to plague the region.

Photos of reservoirs once filled to the brim display the utter, undeniable plague that is lack of rain.

Fish lay dead on a once relied upon water source at Chembarambakkam Lake.

These are the indicators of dire times that have people lined up for miles for water rations. This is how society breaks down and citizens fight over drops of water.

The Indian government blames poor climate change policies, something 2020 Democratic candidates like Andrew Wang are likely to use as evidence for geoengineering funding.

“It’s shocking but not surprising,” says Tarun Gopalakrishnan, a climate change expert at the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment. He says the crisis in Chennai is the result of “a toxic mix of bad governance and climate change.”

One of the major calamities in India has been the lack of monsoons. Typically, June exposes the country to heavy monsoon rains that replenish water supplies. This June has been anything but replenishing. Instead, places like Chennai are on the brink of death and famine. It could turn into a total societal collapse if it already hasn’t.

The issue could spread like a plague across more Indian cities if weather patterns don’t shift in more favorable manners.

In 2018, an Indian government research group determined that most major Indian cities, including the sprawling New Delhi, will run out of drinking water. New Delhi is home to over 21 million residents. To give you a better idea of what such a robust number represents, the city of Los Angeles is home to under 5 million people. The consequences of drought in some of the world’s most populated cities would be chaos.

“We stopped using showers for bathing. We use buckets so that we can ration the amount of water,” says 33-year-old university professor Nivash Shanmugkam told NPR.

The effects of severe drought are innumerable. The cost of goods and services inflate when water is sparse. Even hospitals must charge patients more for services. India is a region where healthcare affordability is already in dire shape.

And that’s not to mention the social breakdown that could lead to civil war climate. The indications are already in play. One man died fighting another man over a public water tank siphon. In this case, understanding how to siphon is pretty imperative for survival. In some cases, a survival water filter might help, but not always considering there just isn’t water.

Some blame sidelined 2002 rainwater harvesting bill, that had it passed, would have required all major buildings to harvest rainwater. Now citizens must aggressively harvest any and all raindrops that fall from the skies. If they don’t, they may not survive. Gopalakrishnan continues to blame climate change. The blame game is mere noise for most citizens as survival instincts begin to kick in.

The Indian government realizes that a terrible situation may get much worse.

“There has been a water shortage in several areas due to monsoon deficit. The government is taking several steps,” Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami stated to journalist last week. Whenever your government says it is “taking steps,” be afraid, particularly if you are one of the millions reliant on government assistance. Nothing could be worse for you and your family.

No matter where in the world these type of devastating events occur, it should always serve as a warning to all of us.

In the United States, Flint, Michigan remains without clean water. In Los Angeles, city officials were caught covering up contaminated water supply issues. Yes, our modern infrastructure is more sophisticated. But that doesn’t alleviate us from the inherent risk of droughts and water contamination. We aren’t invincible.

The Indian government is telling residents in Chennai that millions of gallons of drinking water is coming by way of train. Some of it is reliant on donations. But all of it likely relies on how much the drought spreads. The more large cities experience shortages, the more likely some get left out.

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.

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