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Water tankers prove a lifeline for India’s parched villages. Almost half of India — an area home to more than 500 million people — is facing drought-like conditions

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Water tankers prove a lifeline for India’s parched villages. Almost half of India — an area home to more than 500 million people — is facing drought-like conditions

Peter HUTCHISON and Vishal MANVE. AFP•June 12, 2019

Shahapur (India) (AFP) – As Gajanand Dukre parks the water tanker in a drought-stricken Indian village, dozens of locals — mostly women in saris — come running with jerry cans, buckets and stainless steel pots.

Over the next two hours Dukre helps them empty the 12,000-litre (3,170-gallon) tank, providing a lifeline to this small community as India reels from one of its worst droughts in years.

“We are working overtime,” says 41-year-old Dukre, who conducts four rounds of deliveries a day to hamlets around Shahapur in the parched western state of Maharashtra.

Dukre is one of 37 drivers operating government-run water tankers in the area, which is situated around 100 kilometres (60 miles) from India’s financial capital Mumbai.

The tankers run seven days a week between March and June, when water is at its scarcest in India.

The Asian giant’s hot season has been particularly harsh this year, with temperatures rising above 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in Rajasthan state.

Almost half of India — an area home to more than 500 million people — is facing drought-like conditions because of deficient pre-monsoon rainfall, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

In Shakar Pada village, water levels in the well are dangerously low, meaning villagers are relieved to see Dukre roll in, attach a hose to the back of the tanker and start to fill up everyone’s vessels.

“There has been a scarcity of water for the past month,” Pramila Shewale tells AFP as she carries a freshly filled pot of water on her head to her home.

“If it wasn’t for the water tankers we would have to rely on the well, which would be very difficult,” the 25-year-old adds.

– Monsoon –

The village’s 98 families survive on agriculture, growing mostly rice and vegetables that they sell at markets in nearby cities. During drought there is no water for agriculture or livestock.

Falling groundwater levels and poor irrigation techniques mean they are overly reliant on India’s June-to-September southwest monsoon, which provides the country with most of its annual rainfall.

Three of the last five monsoons have been deficient and while the IMD is predicting a normal monsoon this year it is already a week late and that worries farmers.

“Every year the drought gets worse. I pray to God that there is sufficient water (this time),” Naresh Rera, a 32-year-old farmer, tells AFP.

Dukre will keep delivering water until the monsoon is in full swing in Maharashtra, likely by the end of the month.

Every night he and his colleagues sleep in their vehicles where the tankers are lined up on wasteland beside a river.

They wake at 3:00 am and fill the tanks with water from the dammed river nearby. They pour in chlorine and head to the parched villages.

They come back, fill up and head out again. Often Dukre doesn’t finish his rounds until 7.30 pm.

“It’s hard work but my heart feels good because I am helping people,” he says.

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