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Maharashtra Drought: Akshay Kumar Donates ₹50 Lakh For The Cause

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar poses for a profile shoot on September 20, 2015 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Manoj Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Several states in India are going through drought-like conditions. And Maharashtra being one of them is facing one of the worst droughts in recent years.

Out of the 43,000 villages in the state, 27,723 villages have been declared drought-hit and 54 out of the 75 medium dams have been declared dry. Following the extreme conditions and the drastic rise in the number of farmer suicides, a few Bollywood celebs have extended their support to ease the situation.

Among them is actor Akshay Kumar, who has stepped in to lend his support for the cause.

The Khiladi (1992) actor has donated Rs. 50 lakh towards the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan, an initiate by the Maharashtra government, which aims at making villages drought-proof by developing water harvesting techniques like construction of ponds.

This is not the first time the actor has come forward to help the distressed people of the state. The Airlift star has previously donated Rs 90 lakh to the families of 180 farmers who had committed suicide.

Three days ago Lagaan (2001) actor, Aamir Khan visited villages in Beed, Maharashtra, along with his NGO Paani Foundation. He has adopted two parched villages.

Actor Nana Patekar, who has been spearheading the cause, distributed cheques to widows of farmers who committed suicide in drought-hit regions of the state.

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