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Less than a month after a woman died while trying to fetch a bucket of water in the water-scarce Thane belt,a girl was injured in Mokhada taluk on Saturday in her attempt to secure a bucket of water amidst a crowd scrambling for water.
Roshana Madhukar Shinde,14,was trying to fetch water from a well along with hundreds of other villagers in the tribal belt of Kinniste village of Thane on Saturday morning when the incident occurred. She suffered injuries on her head while trying to draw water from a well which was filled with water from a tanker.
The girl is now out of danger and is recuperating, said Kailash Jadhav,additional district collector,Mokhada. There was no stampede,the girl slipped from the stairs meant to go inside the well to collect water.
Activist Vijay Jadhav said the 2000-odd residents of the village get one tanker of water a day. As there is water scarcity,everyone rushes to get water and store it. The girl could not hold her balance in the rush and fell into the well.
The village gets close to 4,000 litres of water a day,amounting to two litres of water a person. This is in stark contrast to almost 45 litres of water a person gets in Mumbai.
Vijay Jadhav said in Thanes rural areas,over 38 tribal villages are struggling to get even two litres of water per person. Incidentally,Kinniste and other such tribal villages are very close to the Vaitarna river,which is a major source of water to Mumbai.
A tribal woman,Parvati Jadhav,had died of a heat stroke while fetching water at Mokhadas Dolara village on April 22. The state is staring at its fourth drought since 2000,with more than 15 districts being declared drought hit this April-May.