The Bihar Post

Bountiful Indian villagers dig out pond for roaming thirsty wild animals in hot summer


PATNA: Bountiful villagers in the eastern Indian state of Bihar have dug out a pond to help the wandering wild animals and hovering birds quench thirst in the scorching summer which has dried up many water sources on the ground and also pushed underground water table down.

The villagers dug out the 10 feet-long and five feet-wide pond at Kateyan village under Bihiya block in Bhojpur district in the weekend, feeling pity at the condition of the wild animals wandering here and there in search of water with the most of the water bodies getting dried up under the impact of unbearable hot summer this time.

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Report said initially, the villagers served water to the animals in buckets but as their number increased drastically, they finally decided to arrange for water for them on a permanent basis to ensure they survive the harsh summer.

A seasonal river flowed by the side of the village which had attracted the wild animals from the neighbourhood for long but as they dried up, the animals and birds became restless. They went on wandering here and there in search of water.

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Reports said alarmed at the prevailing drought situation, the local villagers formed a team, raised donations and dug out a pond before filling them with water through pumping sets.

“It’s a pleasing sight to see the groups of blue bulls, sheep and birds quenching thirst at the pond,” said Santosh Kumar, a local villager.

Water crisis has turned grim this summer in Bihar as the state government has appealed to the masses not to waste water.

The gravity of the situation is underlined from the fact that the continuing summer heat has broken 10-year-old record as the underground water table has gone almost five-feet down in 10 of the total 17 districts of south Bihar while the situation is also turning alarming in the northern region.

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