Water crisis
DiCaprio, who is also a passionate environmentalist, shared a post on his Instagram, drawing attention to the crisis.
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Oscar-winning Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio, known for his environmental activism, has drawn attention to the ongoing water crisis in Chennai.

DiCaprio took to Instagram to re-share a photograph of a dry well which had been posted by BBC News. 

The post read, “'Only rain can save Chennai from this situation.' A well, completely empty, and a city without water. The southern Indian city of Chennai is in crisis, after the four main water reservoirs ran dry."

"The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions and residents have to stand in line for hours to get water from government tankers. As the water levels depleted, hotels and restaurants started to shut temporarily, and the air con was turned off in the city's metro.”

"Officials in the city continue to try and find alternative sources of water -- but the community continue to pray for rain."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#Regram #RG @bbcnews: "Only rain can save Chennai from this situation." A well completely empty, and a city without water. The southern Indian city of Chennai is in crisis, after the four main water reservoirs ran completely dry. The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions and residents have to stand in line for hours to get water from government tanks. As the water levels depleted, hotels and restaurants started to shut down temporarily, and the air con was turned off in the city's metro. Officials in the city continue to try and find alternative sources of water - but the community continue to pray for rain. Tap the link in our bio to read more about Chennai's water crisis. ( Getty Images) #chennai #watercrisis #india #bbcnews

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Chennai has been facing a severe water crisis. 

While Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft), Redhills (full capacity 3,300 mcft) and Chembarambakkam (3,645 mcft) lakes that supply water to Chennai have gone dry, there is only 19 mcft water left in the Poondi reservoir (full capacity of 3,231 mcft), according to the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

DiCaprio, who works extensively as a climate champion, had visited India in 2015 to film a segment for his 2016 documentary film, Beyond the Flood. He had also visited the Taj Mahal during his trip.

(With IANS inputs)