A 12-year-old girl in drought-hit area of Maharashtra’s Beed district in Marathwada region succumbed due to heat stroke on Tuesday.
The incident occurred when the, class 5 student Yogita Ashok Desai went out to fetch water from the nearest hand pump, which was 500 metres away from her house. The girl was a resident of Sablkhed village and was also suffering from dysentery for a few days.
As per the reports, the girl was dehydrated after she made four trips to fill water. However, she collapsed on her fifth trip to the water pump.
The doctor who attended to her said that she died of a heart attack and dehydration. The government has said that 33 crore people in 2.5 lakh villages in the country are facing scarcity of water.
There are many regions of India are reeling under high temperatures and more than 110 people have died due to sunstrokes.
Meanwhile, water woes in the drought hit districts of Maharashtra are deepening as the water levels in dams across the state have reached a new low. Dams across the state have only 19% water left, while the dams in Marathwada region have hit a historic low with only 3% water in the reservoirs.