For the mercy of water

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for the mercy of water

For the Mercy of Water by Karen Jayes

In a country long gripped by drought, water has become the priceless commodity over which a deadly war is being waged. In remote towns and villages, far from the safety of the city, the resistance does what it can to oppose the water company whose guards ruthlessly secure and control the water supply, but each small victory seems like one more step towards eventual defeat.
When an unexpected rain leads a group of water security guards to a town long since thought abandoned, they find an old woman, identified only as Mother, and a group of girls in a classroom. A journalist, two aid workers and a doctor arrive soon afterwards, and what they discover there defies ordinary explanation
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Pumping wells in the dark of night, criminal bosses rule the liquid economy in one of the world's busiest cities. Can anyone stop them? Down by the sandy banks of the Yamuna River, the men must work quickly. At a little past 12 a. From a shack a few feet away, they then drag thick hoses toward a queue of odd tanker trucks idling quietly with their headlights turned off. Diesel generators, housed in nearby sheds, begin to thrum. Within 15 minutes, the 2,gallon 10,liter containers on the first three rigs are full.

In a country long gripped by drought, water has become the priceless commodity over which a deadly war is being waged. In remote towns and villages, far from the safety of the city, the resistance does what it can to oppose the water company whose guards ruthlessly secure and control the water supply, but each small victory seems like one more step towards eventual defeat. When an unexpected rain leads a group of water security guards to a town long since thought abandoned, they find an old woman, identified only as Mother, and a group of girls in a classroom. A journalist, two aid workers and a doctor arrive soon afterwards, and what they discover there defies ordinary explanation. Her arresting plot is situated in a world that is unrecognisable at first glance, but soon becomes evidently familiar as the politics and culture of conflict seep out of the edges of her story. Water, as the central motif of the book, and the background wars that are taking place due to it, could easily have been replaced with oil for more immediate relevance.

Almost all of southern and interior western India is grappling with water scarcity. With mega-city Chennai being supplied by water trains, one woman in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh seen killing another at a water queue. Women elsewhere in the state have been blockading a highway because they have not had drinking water for a week. Tamil Nadu: The first train carrying water from Jolarpet railway station in Vellore district reaches Chennai. The state government had announced to bring in water from Vellore by rail wagons as Chennai is facing water crisis. Meanwhile, the Indian states of Bihar, West Bengal, and the northeastern states, as well as the neighbouring country of Bangladesh, are experiencing massive floods.

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Water is the source of life — but when not properly managed, it can breed disease, create conflict and destroy communities. Mercy Corps works to increase access to safe water around the world, whether it's bringing relief during droughts or rebuilding wells in remote villages. Our large-scale water infrastructure projects in Jordan and the Democratic Republic of Congo are forging new delivery routes, reducing waste, and bringing clean water directly to 1. To complement our water access programs, we also improve sanitation and help people learn proper hygiene to prevent disease; work with families and farmers to implement conservation techniques; and strengthen communities against flooding. After his house collapsed in the earthquake, Junior Moise, 30, had no better option than to move his wife and daughter to a tent camp near Frere Road in Port-au-Prince. One of the greatest challenges that smallholder farmers face in Zimbabwe is how to irrigate bigger plots and get higher returns from their pieces of land. In West Jakarta, the kampung or community of Kalideras had no choice but to go to the toilet in the ditches that led to the adjacent canal, or directly into the canal itself.

While the mismanagement of water resources, silting of dams and reservoirs, dried up lacks and other reserves continue to put strain on natural resources, water theft at the hands of tanker and other mafias is dealing a debilitating blow to the already scared wherewithal. In Islamabad, water theft at the hands of some low-ranking Capital Development Authority CDA officials is going on 24 hours, leaving the residents of sectorial areas, who are supposed to get their due share through piped-water, in the lurch. Interestingly, the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad MCI on Monday submitted a report to the Supreme Court, claiming depleting surface and groundwater resources, poor management, leakage from the existing water supply lines and wastage as the main reasons for the water scarcity in Islamabad. The MCI report has flatly, and cunningly, swept the actual theft activity and illegal connections — given to residential and commercial enterprises in rural Islamabad by some CDA officials — under the carpet. These illegal connections and stealing of water have been depriving the urban residents, getting the commodity from the main diameter width and kilometre-long pipeline that had been laid down, with the help of the Japan government, from Simy Dam to central parts of the capital. The thriving black market is run by the CDA agents with impunity, pushing the city to the verge of a water-scarcity town. Illegal connections at several water manholes also sunk deep in the ground through excavations.

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