The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party has announced protests scheduled for Saturday, June 22, across Tamil Nadu state. Organizers are calling on the government to address the water shortage crisis affecting the state. The DMK party has called for demonstrations in all districts, with the largest expected in Chennai.
A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be anticipated near all protest sites.
Chennai’s water supply is dependent on the monsoon season that begins in October. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Chennai experienced less than average rainfall from October-December 2018, resulting in a water deficit of 80 percent.
Chennai and other areas of Tamil Nadu state are experiencing significant water shortages as of June 20. According to government data, the four major reservoirs that provide water for the city are at 0.2 percent capacity. Businesses and hotels in the area have rationed supplies or have shut down due to the lack of water. Tamil Nadu state officials have deployed water tankers throughout the city, but residents are reportedly forced to wait hours in line.
Individuals in Tamil Nadu are advised to monitor the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions.
Individuals are also advised to conserve water, stock up on bottled water, keep abreast of the situation via local media outlets, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. water rationing measures).
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