COVID-19: Frequent Handwashing In India A Big Challenge

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COVID-19: Frequent Handwashing In India A Big Chal
The entire world is taking on the coronavirus at the moment. The weapons to defeat it are social distancing and washing hands regularly so that infection can be prevented.

However, the extent of water scarcity in a developing nation like India can be gauged from a recent report of the Niti Aayog, which reveals that 60% population of the country is affected by a water crisis.

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That is, half of the country’s population does not have sufficient water for drinking and other needs.

According to Census 2011 data, around 16% families in the country do not have access to clean drinking water. 

According to statistics, 60% in Jharkhand, 75% in Odisha, 78% in Madhya Pradesh and 83% people in Maharashtra get clean water.

Clean drinking water is not available to everyone in states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

In simple terms, crores of people in the country are struggling to get drinking water.

A report of the Jal Shakti Ministry says that among the cities which have the highest scarcity of water are Delhi, Mumbai, Nashik, Pune, Gwalior, Indore, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Vadodara, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Faridabad, Amritsar and Ludhiana.

The groundwater in these cities has receded to a depth of four metres.

Last year, during the summer, water had gotten over in Chennai, which is among the four metropolitan cities in the country.

The situation has deteriorated in the rural areas of the country too.

According to the same ministry, the water level in around 66% wells has receded to a depth of two metres in the past 10 years.

It can be said that the war against the coronavirus is being fought on several fronts in India. 

The country is dealing not only with this life-threatening disease but is also grappling with hunger, unemployment, water scarcity and several other problems together.

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