Bifni and other women from her village wake up each morning to walk for about 8 km to fetch water in this harsh summer. The closest they find water these days is where an open nullah dried up recently. The women dig the ground for water - sometimes with their bare hands - to find some water a few feet below. Sonnagar is a remote village within the Sonbhadra district - it's about 450 km from state capital Lucknow
On a normal day, Bifni has to make two trips to the water source to fetch about 20 litres of water for her family of three. In a city, this much water would be enough for two flushes in a toilet. For a village of 1,200 people, there is not a single hand pump in the village. And no piped water supply.
"If the government gives us a hand pump, at least then an old person like me will not have to walk so much to get just a little water. It is a big problem to walk up and down like this," says Bifni Devi.
The government says around 400 tankers are supplying water to remote villages and that about 1,000 ponds have been deepened to hold more water once the monsoon arrives but on the ground things seems very desperate for these villagers.
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