Maharashtra Drought Response, 2018
Immediate and long term support to the drought-affected
In November 2018, the Maharashtra government declared drought in 151 tehsils out of 358 tehsils in the state. These tehsils are spread across 26 out of 36 districts. Of these 151, 112 tehsils were facing severe drought conditions, which meant more than 60% of crops have been damaged. The remaining 39 were facing moderate drought, where crop damage was more than 33.5%.
Drought affected communities require our immediate and long term support. In the immediate phase, they require support towards storage of water (since the government is making tanker water available), repair of pipelines and alternate livelihood measures. In the long term, they require sustained interventions towards watershed development.
Under this project, United Way Mumbai provided the following support to the drought-affected communities:
- A supply of potable and safe water to villages by providing household-level water filters
- Ration kits to drought affected communities
- Preventive and curative healthcare kits
- Alternate Livelihood Support
- Psychosocial support to prevent farmers' suicides