THARPARKARR, Oct 28 (INP): Famine continues to hit Tharparkar mounting the death toll to 29 this month whereas water shortage has increased manifold as 114 tube wells have become dysfunctional.
Malnutrition-hit children from the rural areas are being treated at the nutrition ward in Civil Hospital Mithi. According to sources, two out of 30 malnourished children brought to the Civil Hospital Mithi were declared critical and have been shifted to Hyderabad.
The ones alive, on the other hand, were suffering through scarcity of water. 114 tube wells in Chachhro and Dhali have become dysfunctional whereas tools of more than 75 tube wells are missing.
The Rs20 million grant by the Mithi administration appears to be insufficient to solve water availability issue for the past seven years. Locals are forced to buy water whereas water is not being provided to the caravans of migrants.
Famine has been consistent in Tharpakar due to lack of rainfalls from past three consecutive years. The situation has now worsened and people are getting into grave trouble, reason being scarcity of food and inadequate supply water. Deficiency of necessities to children has proved to be the sole contributor towards the increased loss of life.