Schools in India close down over water shortage

Schools in India close down over water shortage

- India is currently facing water shortage after a protest between two factions

- All schools in Delhi has been shut down

- The military says it is doing all it can to repair the channel in three days

Schools in India close down over water shortage

The Munak canal which was damaged by Jat protesters

More than 10 million people in India's capital, Delhi, are reported to be without water supply.

This comes after protesters sabotaged a key canal which supplies much of the city with water. In view of this, all schools in Delhi have been closed down.

The army took control of the Munak canal after Jat community protesters, angry at caste job quotas, seized it.  The prostest has resulted in the death 16 people and injury of hundreds.

Schools in India close down over water shortage

Children in Delhi also join in the search for water

Keshav Chandra, head of Delhi's water board, told the BBC it would take "three to four days" before normal supplies will be resumed to affected areas. Mr Chandra said that prior warnings meant that people had managed to save water, and tankers had been despatched to affected areas of the city, but that this would not be enough to make up for the shortfall.

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The army took control of parts of the canal on Monday morning, but repairs are expected to take time. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that the army was "trying to assess in how much time water would reach Delhi and whether any damage had been done to the canal". Protesters went on the rampage despite a curfew and the deployment of the army, which is reported to have opened fire on them in the districts of Rohtak and Jhajjar.

Haryana state minister Ram Bilas Sharma said the situation was returning to normal, traffic had resumed on national highways and that railway lines between Delhi and the cities of Jaipur and Chandigarh had reopened.

Mr Sharma also confirmed that the government would introduce a bill on reservations and quotas for the Jat community in the next assembly session, although he did not say when that would be.

Meanwhile, India's federal government has said it will set up a top-level committee to look into the grievances of Jats. The violence had earlier forced the closure of several key roads and national highways, and paralysed the railway system in northern India.

Sixteen million people live in Delhi, and around three-fifths of the city's water is supplied by the canal.

 

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