People in all the five taluks of the district are facing acute drinking water shortage as most of the available sources, including open wells, tanks and borewells have dried up.

Thirty-five per cent of the population in Raichur city has been facing drinking water shortage because storage at the balancing reservoir, near the Tungabhadra canal, has come down.

Drinking water supply in Manvi town has been reduced to once in three days, while in Mudgal town in Lingsugur taluk it's once in two days.

As many as 126 villages in the district have been facing a severe shortage of drinking water since the past two months. The district administration has identified 99 villages that have been worst hit .

Sources in the Deputy Commissioner's office said that the government had released Rs. 7 crore to tackle the drinking water problem in the district. It recently released Rs. 20 lakh to each taluk for augmenting water supply in severely affected villages. It also released Rs.1.25 crore to the zilla panchayat to make arrangements for water supply in the severely affected villages.

Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat Manoj Jain told The Hindu that the panchayat had identified about 60 such villages in the district where most of the available sources of water have dried up.