B-town extends helping hand to drought-hit Maharashtra

India Drought A woman collects water from a spring at Raichi Wadi village in Maharashtra | AP

As Maharashtra is reeling under unprecedented drought triggered by heat waves and low monsoon rains, several actors from bollywood and Marathi film industry have come up with helping hand.

The NAAM Foundation set up by actors Nana Patekar and Makarand Anasapure have donated between Rs 12,000 and Rs 16,000 to hundreds of families. A TOI report quoted Makarand as saying that actors Renuka Shanane, Jitendra Joshi, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Girija Oak, Sayaji Shinde and Purushottame Berde and others helped them in their mission. “In just seven months, the foundation has received between Rs 30-35 crore," he said as per the report.

Actor Akshay Kumar donated Rs 50 lakh to Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan, a state government initiative to make villages drought-proof by developing water harvesting techniques. The actor had earlier donated Rs 90 lakh to support the families of the farmers who committed suicide.

Superstar Aamir Khan has adopted the villages of Tal and Koregaon and took a tour of the region to teach the villagers how to conserve water, reports said. Aamir's Satyamev Jayate team has formed 'Paani foundation' to work towards water conservation.

Around 27,723 villages in the state have been declared drought-hit.

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Topics : #Drought | #Maharashtra

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