09
May

Anantapur Drought Report

In 68% of the villages severe drinking water shortage is reported

Flash news:  AID is supporting drought relief in Anantpur district through its All India Relief Fund (AIRF).  Please donate generously.  All donations to AID are tax deductible.

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On 6-7 May, a fact-finding committee which included AID partners C.Bhanuja of REDS and Siva Reddy from Kadapa along with Kavitha Kuruganti of the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) visited villages in five mandals (blocks) of Anantapur district and reported on the impact of drought in the region and the status of government relief measures.

The committee comprised representatives of the Rythu Swarajya Vedika (RSV), the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), AP Rythu Sangam, Human Rights Forum and ASHA-Kisan Swaraj.

The committee released the report: Rapid Assessment of Drought in Anantapur and state of citizens’ entitlements.     (download pdf)

The findings are also reflective of the drought situation in other districts of southern A.P. (Kurnool, Kadapa, Chittoor and Prakasam).

The Rythu Swarajya Vedika (RSV) issued a drought-awareness pamphlet in Telugu : అనావృష్టి కాలములో ప్రభుత్వం నుండి మీకు హక్కుగా రావలసినవి పొందండి! or Claim your rights in time of drought!  (download pdf)

Mr. Basha of the Human Rights Forum circulated a note on drought affected districts called కరువు మండలాలుగా ప్రకటించారు కానీ షహాయక చర్యలు మరిచారు or “They declared drought but omitted the relief.”  (download pdf)

AID is providing immediate relief to the families reeling from the current drought, while working with ground level organizations to demand effective implementation of government relief programs and long term investment in sustainable agriculture including techniques to improve soil and water conditions. To join the AID Agriculture Cell please sign up here.

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