The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a world famous poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In it, he says, "Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink". This is particularly true of the water shortage that the world faces today. Man and beast equally suffer the wrath of nature. Take a look at some of the parched and sun-baked sights from around the world.
Parched Lands In India
Dry as a bone
Parched sight from a sun-baked land in India
Hope springs up in the midst of doom
View of a parched land on a sweltering day in Chennai.
Water, water in the dam, not a drop to drink
Parched land surface of Himayat Sagar dam, the main lifeline supplying drinking water to Hyderabad city.
Man and beast, both in search of water
A woman walks over parched land with her cattle in Tripura
Paddy field or desert land?
Animals look for green grass on a parched paddy field in Ranchi
Ranchi- parched and barren
People walk on a piece of parched land on a hot day in Ranchi.
Where the river once flowed
Carcass of a fish rots on a parched river bed
What use of a boat without a drop in sight
A woman passes by a boat on a piece of parched land which once used to be a lake in Tripura's Dhalai district near Indo-Bangladesh border
Firewood for fire, where's the water to put it out?
Gathering firewood in the scorching heat
Cracks as wide as it can be
An elderly man walks on parched riverbed of Subarnarekha river in search of water on the outskirts of Ranchi
Rajasthan - what once was a pond
A view of a parched bed of a pond in a village of Rajasthan's Jaipur district.
Fury of the sun
A view of parched piece of land near Chembarambakkam Lake as days become hot in Chennai