Schools close as taps run dry

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Kumar Gwal poses for a photo on his dry farmland in the drought-hit Kharkhara village in the eastern state of Odisha, India, Feb 28, 2018. Reuters

BENGALURU (Reuters) – A popular hill station retreat in northern India is reeling under a water crisis, forcing the state authorities to temporarily shut schools and suspend an officer for negligence. Residents of Shimla, famous for its colonial architecture and picturesque views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, blame the Himachal Pradesh state’s mismanagement for the worst-ever shortage, as water resources dry up in the drought-hit region.

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