Eye on the world: Lifting the drought

In “Women take southern India’s drought into their own hands—one shovel at a timeThe Christian Science Monitor reports that “three years of drought have driven many farmers to desperation. But thousands of women in Karnataka state are desilting lakes to deepen them, helping them retain water when the rains one day come again.… Three thousand women are enrolled in the effort to revive lakes, ponds, and irrigation tanks in 31 villages across the district —crucial work in a region facing drought for the third year in a row, the worst in decades. Today, the lakes are just dry, empty beds. But cleared of the silt that’s accumulated over the years, the lakes will store more rainwater, they hope—when it rains again.” 

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