Photos: Severe drought forces villagers out of home in India

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Hatkarwadi hasn't seen decent rains in three years

Hatkarwadi hasn’t seen decent rains in three years

A persistent severe drought has forced many residents out of their homes in Hatkarwadi, a stony hillside outback ringed by forests in India.

The harsh weather, which has lasted for three years, according to the BBC reports, has had debilitating effects on lives in the village.

Acute shortage of water, severe heat, sickness and the likes have made those still agile like the men and youths to flee the village, leaving the aged and women behind to endure the sufferings.

Below are some of the images from the drought-hit village, courtesy of the BBC:

Dagadu Beldar lives alone after his family left the village because of lack of water


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Owner of this house, Yashwant Sahibrao Sadgar locked it and left the village a year ago because of lack of water


The only source of water is a few functioning borewells


Most of the village’s 35 wells are dry


Saga Bai says her son returns to the village ‘only when it rains’


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