Oscar-winning Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is admirable for his environmental activism. And now he is raising awareness about the ongoing water crisis in Chennai.
DiCaprio shared a photo of a dry well on his Insta profile.
“Only rain can save Chennai from this situation. A well, completely empty, and a city without water. The southern Indian city of Chennai is in crisis after the four main water reservoirs ran dry. The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions and residents have to stand in line for hours to get water from government tankers”.
“As the water levels depleted, hotels and restaurants started to shut temporarily, and the air con was turned off in the city’s metro. Officials in the city continue to try and find alternative sources of water – but the community continue to pray for rain.”
Chennai has been battling dire water shortage for the last few weeks after several of its water reservoirs went bone dry. As a result, citizens are dependent only on water tankers and reduced municipal supply.
Chennai’s water crisis has spent a long time to add up. Chennai used to be one of India’s water-surplus metropolitan cities, just till a just two decades ago. Chennai once had nearly two dozen water bodies including three rivers. Furthermore, it even has a British era Buckingham canal running throughout the city. Today, the number of water bodies have reduced to half a dozen.
While Cholavaram which has a full capacity 1,081 million cubic feet, Redhill’s full capacity is 3,300 million cubic feet and Chembarambakkam lake’s capacity is 3,645 million cubic feet which supply water to Chennai have completely gone dry. Furthermore, there are only 19 million cubic feet water left in the Poondi reservoir which has a full capacity of 3,231 million cubic feet. Reports released by the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board.
Neighbouring states are trying to help the people with the crisis by supplying water to them via pipelines. We just have wait for it to rain and rejuvenate all the water bodies. Hence, we just have to pray for them to come out of the situation.
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