Special trains are rushing emergency water supplies to India's drought-stricken port city of Madras.
GV Train unloading water through pipes. (4 SHOTS)
GV, SV PAN Earth cracked from drought. (2 SHOTS)
GV Trucks arriving at Kilpauk waterworks.
GVs & SVs Watertankers being filled at Kilpauk. (5 SHOTS)
CU Poster on water conservation.
SV PAN Empty water vessels waiting to be filled.
TV, SV Water vessels being filled by pump. (2 SHOTS)
SV PANs People with vessels. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Special trains are rushing emergency water supplies to India's drought-stricken port city of Madras. The drought, which is afflicting four southern states, has been sucking dry the reservoirs and the seventy thousand wells win the country's fourth-largest city, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. Tens of thousands of residents would have died if they had not received help from neighbouring states. For instance, the authorities in Andrha Pradesh last week (April 4-8) sent fifty thousand gallons (225 thousand litres) of drinking water on rail tankers, with further, and larger, supplies expected this week (April 11-15). Indian Railway Minister, A.B.A. Ghani Khan Chaudhury, who had ordered water supplies to be shipped free of charge, said he expected shipments for Andrha Pradesh to double. Officials in the states of Orissa and Saurahtra also said they would be supplying water. Madras residents have had their supplies cut, with taps in some district running only on alternate days and elsewhere, road tankers making periodic visits. The city authorities are worried that more and more people could be consuming contaminated water; about one-third of the population lives in slum areas.