NEW DELHI – As thousands of members of an underprivileged community in northern India protest to demand government benefits, more than 16 million people in India's capital are facing a major water crisis as a result of the violent demonstrations, which have left at least 10 dead.
The protesters have damaged equipment that brings water from Munak canal in Haryana state to New Delhi, depleting the capital's water supply. New Delhi gets about 60 percent of its water from the neighboring state.
Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi's chief minister, announced Sunday that schools in the capital would be closed Monday. He also ordered the rationing of water to people's homes.
Sporadic violence was reported in Haryana on Sunday. At least 10 people have died in firing on protesters by Indian security forces since Friday.