Indian villages lie empty as drought forces thousands to flee

General - Guardian - Key Takeaway: *Hundreds of Indian villages have been evacuated as a historic drought forces families to abandon their homes in search of water. About 20,000 villages in the state of Maharashtra are grappling with a severe drinking water crisis, with no water left in 35 major dams. In 1,000 smaller dams, water levels are below 8%. The rivers that feed the dams have been transformed into barren, cracked earth.*

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