Delayed monsoon, dried-up wells and water resources have led to severe drinking water crisis in several rural and urban areas across the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Acute shortage of drinking water has also been reported from several municipalities forcing the authorities to press water tankers into service to meet the demand.
The state has put all the districts on high alert and asked the district administration to take up contingency measures to supply drinking water. Despite the state orders, only seven districts have constituted disaster management cells to tackle such situations. The districts are Kurnool, Kadapa, Nalgonda, Guntur, Adilabad, Nizamabad and Srikakulam.
Telangana region is worst hit for the erratic South-west monsoon with minus 48 per cent deviation followed by Rayalaseema (minus 47 per cent) and Coastal Andhra with minus 23 per cent deviation.