The metrological department confirms that India faces a partial drought this year. There's a huge calamity in Karnataka and coastal areas.
When every drop of water has become precious in the wake of severe drought in the State, nearly 360 million litres of water go waste in terms of leakage due to old and worn-out pipelines in the city.
The prevailing drought has cast its shadow on Dasara celebrations this year. The state government has decided to keep the state festival a low-key affair, without any grandeur.
India is on its way to be declared a drought country with the Met department admitting that the country is suffering a rain deficit of 51 per cent. To add to the woes, it has been predicted that even the second half of the monsoon - between August and September - will witness less than 50 per cent rain. This
Monsoon rains will not be enough to save the country from its first drought in three years, the weather office said on Thursday as it forecast that the El Nino weather pattern would reduce rains again in the second half of the June to September season.
Even as the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan remain drought-affected, the southwest monsoon lashed the Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, West Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, West Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh in the past 24 hours.
The Centre on Thursday asked the state government to send a fresh proposal for assistance to tackle drought. The proposal would be discussed during Group of Ministers (GoM)meeting in New Delhi on August 7 or 8.
With a rain deficit of 66 per cent, less water from the Bhakra Nangal dam and even lesser electricity, farmers in Punjab are a worried lot. The state government is reeling under a severe debt crisis and has appealed to the Centre for drought relief.
Despite a contingency plan announced by the state government weeks back, the drought situation in Kaliyana village of Gujarat has made life difficult for the farmers.
Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will on Wednesday begin his 3-day tour of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan - the country's four worst drought-affected states.