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12-Year-Old Goes to Fetch Water For Family, Dies of Heat Stroke

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The class 5 student identified as Yogita Ashok Desai was walking to and from a hand pump near her school when she fell sick and collapsed.

A class 5 student in the drought-hit area of Beed in Maharashtra died due to heat stoke on Tuesday afternoon. The victim, identified as 12-year-old Yogita Ashok Desai and a resident of Sablkhed village in Beed district, was dehydrated after she repeatedly made attempts to fill water from a hand pump.

She was walking towards a hand pump near her school when she fell sick and collapsed.

Yogita's uncle Ishwar said, "Schools were closed so she went to fetch water in order to help us as we are facing extreme water scarcity. She fell unconscious on her way to the hand pump, was taken to hospital where she was declared dead".

The tragic incident happened on the day when the Centre told the Supreme Court that 25% of the country's population is hit by drought.

The government said that 33 crore people in 2.5 lakh villages in 256 districts of 10 states are facing severe water shortage due to drought.

first published:April 20, 2016, 08:49 IST