The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) opposition party is planning to hold a protest over ongoing severe water shortages in Chennai (Tamil Nadu state) on Monday, June 24. The protest will be led by DMK leader MK Stalin and high attendance is expected. The party also warned of mass protests if a plan by the state government to transport water from Vellore district to Chennai goes forward. Localized disruptions, including business and transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence, are expected near any protest sites. Continued demonstrations are likely as the water shortage persists.
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.
Chennai's water supply is dependent on the monsoon season that begins in October.
Individuals in Chennai, and Tamil Nadu state more generally, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate localized transportation and business disruptions and a heightened security presence near any protest.
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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