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Did You Know That India’s ‘Chennai’ (nee ‘Madras’) Is Running Out Of Water?

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access CNN story. Google ‘Chennai’ for more … much more.


Click image to access my post from last year.


I read about this a couple of days ago and was disturbed. This could become real serious. Yes, they are trucking in water but there is only so much they can bring in.

Chennai, with 4 million people, is India’s 6th largest city. Of those 4 million, at least half are what would be considered poor. They will not have money to buy water. IF the authorities cannot supply them with free water they are in real trouble — true danger. And that is the worry.

Hopefully the monsoon which has been both late and not up to par in terms of rainfall will cooperate and turns things around.

They are also looking at desalination but that is not a short-term fix.

Not good.

Last year, Cape Town, to my relief dodged the bullet.

I am hoping that Chennai does too. It is a city that I used to know and had friends living in. It is the nearest Indian city to Sri Lanka. I have flown there and also gone across by TRAIN — when we had a train service that crossed a now washed away causeway.

Fingers crossed.

I just wanted to make sure that you knew about this.


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by Anura Guruge

 

Did YOU Hear That ‘Cape Town’, South Africa Is Going To Run Out Of Water This April — “Day Zero”?

by Anura Guruge


The imposingly picturesque “Cape Town”, South Africa — with its iconic Table Mountain.


Click to access the “Huffpost” coverage. Google for more.


Click for “Bloomberg” coverage. Google for more.



South Africa is one of my favorite cricket teams. I never miss any of their games on Willow — my 24×7 cricket channel on Roku. Plus, I usually read any news I see about SA.

So, I was very surprised the other day when I came across this “Day Zero” story. I Googled and read a couple of articles to make sure I got the drift.

Wow.

Earlier in the month I had watched the 1st Test Match, SA vs. India, from Cape Town. The ground looked lush and everybody seemed happy and prosperous. No indication, whatsoever, that they were all staring at an abyss.

Yes, a 3-year drought. I guess some are hoping for non-stop rains in the next 2-months to avert this disaster.

4 million people.

This could be serious. Very serious.

You would have thought that SA, not a poor country by any means, could have done more. I guess water can be shipped in. Not sure how much water they have in the entire country. It is not a small country.

I will keep you posted.


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by Anura Guruge