Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deadly North India Protests Lead to New Delhi Water Shortage

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deadly North India Protests Lead to New Delhi Water Shortage

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NEW DELHI * Authorities in India's capital have closed schools and taken other measures to combat water supply problems caused by violent protests in a neighboring state that have left at least 12 people dead.

Thousands of underprivileged people who are protesting to demand government benefits have damaged equipment that brings water from the Munak canal in Haryana state to New Delhi, depleting the capital's water supply. New Delhi, a city of more than 16 million people, gets about 60 percent of its water from Haryana state.

Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi's chief minister, announced Sunday that schools in the capital would be closed Monday because of the water shortages. He also ordered the rationing of water to people's homes.

At least 12 people have been killed by Indian security forces firing on protesters since the weeklong protests turned violent on Friday, state Home Secretary P. …

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