FedEx Donated Packaged Drinking Water to Drought-Affected Villages in Maharashtra
FedEx Express, in association with the Times Foundation, donated over 75000 liters of packaged drinking water to 13 drought affected villages in Maharashtra. The water was collected under ‘Donate water’ initiative launched on 24th and 25th of May which requested Mumbai residents to donate packaged drinking water.
FedEx and the Times Foundation ran a collection drive at designated places in Mumbai. The water bottles were donated at FedEx retail outlets, Times of India Response Centers and at the Phoenix Mills Mall, Lower Parel.
FedEx transported the collected water using the company’s ground delivery service to the drought- affected villages in the Nasik district: Ambepada, Suktale, Tapupada, Mastemani, Kachurpada, Dabhadmal, Rongane, Bijurpada, Chikadi, Saalbhoye, Pigarbari and Mankhed.
The drought in Maharashtra is one of the worst in four decades. According to official government figures, 15 districts comprising of 11,801 villages have been officially declared drought areas. There is an acute water shortage in 1,779 villages and 4,709 hamlets.
FedEx Express maintains a longstanding commitment to disaster relief. Over the past 40 years, FedEx has responded to the world’s worst disasters and donated in cash and in-kind transportation support to help communities recover.