Drought

  • Drought looms over Rajasthan as 23 districts received deficit rains 22 hours 54 minutes ago

    With delayed monsoon, drought is likely to hit the desert state of Rajasthan as 23 districts received deficit rains and six received scanty rainfall during June 1 to July 26 period, a Met department report said on Sunday. Since June 1 this year, Rajasthan received 130.63 mm of rainfall as against...
  • Partial drought-like situation in Bihar, admits government 2 days ago

    Observing that a partial drought-like situation has gripped Bihar, the state government on Friday said a slew of measures have been taken to tackle the calamity, including provisioning for Rs 776 crore to provide diesel subsidy to farmers for irrigation. "We are of the view that a partial drought-like situation has...
  • Maharashtra :Fear of drought looms over Marathwada, Nashik regions 4 days ago

    Mumbai: With monsoon playing truant in Marathwada and Nashik, a drought like situation looms over these regions of the state. Water stock in Ujani and Jaikwadi reservoirs in Marathwada region was low, state administration officials said. Maharashtra Cabinet today took stock of situation in view of scanty rainfall. The state has so far...
  • Drought worries ease for government, but partially 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The spectre of drought looming over parts of the country has receded over the past week due to the revival of the monsoon but officials are keeping their fingers crossed as a long dry spell in between the rains can damage crops and lead to inflationary pressures. Officials said...
  • Gadkari allows allocation of Rs 32 crore to UP to deal with drought-like situation July 18, 2014

    Centre has allowed release of Rs 32 crore to Uttar Pradesh as a special case to mitigate "acute drought like situations" due to deficiency in rainfall, particularly in Bundelkhand region. Official sources said Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari allowed the allocation to the Samajwadi Party-ruled state as first instalment under the...
  • Monsoon has covered entire India, says weather office July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: India's monsoon has covered the entire country, the weather office said on Thursday, two days behind the normal schedule in a year that is forecast to bring below-average rains. The revival of monsoon rains in the grain bowl of northwest and central regions should help speed up sowing of...
  • Haryana: Deficient rainfall causes damage to standing crop, farmers worried July 15, 2014

    Pulwal: Delayed monsoon remains a top concern as it is the peak of the kharif season, but deficient rainfall has caused damage to standing crop in Haryana. Farmers who have taken land on lease for cultivation are now staring at an uncertain future. There's an acre of yellowing paddy in...
  • Drought fears assail India as the country faces a weak monsoon July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: India could be staring at a drought with deficient rainfall in most parts of the country. The Monsoon should have ordinarily covered the entire country by this time, but unfortunately rainfall deficiency at present for the whole country is 43 per cent less than normal. The MET department...
  • Monsoon to pick up in central, northwestern India by July 15: MeT July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Monsoon in central and northwestern India, which is currently reeling under severe heat, is likely to pick up by July 15, said the MeT department. IMD Director BP Yadav said that pressure in Bay of Bengal has affected monsoon and that there will be humidity till July 14....
  • Poor monsoon in India threatens first drought in five years July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Weak rainfall in India since June when the monsoon season starts, crucial to the country's agricultural earnings, has raised concerns of a first drought in five years, although weather experts are hopeful rains will revive in the next week. A poor monsoon cuts exports, stokes food inflation and leads...
  • Government discusses contingency plan to tackle possible drought July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: With the spectre of drought looming in several states, Lok Sabha on Tuesday discussed up a contingency plan for districts that could be the worst affected. Delay in onset of monsoon and its slow progress have led to late sowing of paddy, pulses, oilseeds and cotton, but the...
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  • Arun Jaitley says drought report is 'no cause to panic' July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday there was no cause to panic about the possibility of higher inflation, after a private forecasting agency said there was a 60 percent chance India would face a drought this year. Speaking less than a week before his first budget speech to...
  • 80 pc chance of drought in North West, 75 pc in Central India: Skymet July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Weather forecast agency Skymet has predicted that there could be an 80 per cent chance of drought in North West India and 75 per cent chance of drought in Central India. It has also said that El Nino is gaining ground. India has recorded 42 per cent less rainfall...
  • Drought & price rise: How will Modi's promise of 'Achche Din' be delivered? July 2, 2014

    With onion prices soaring all over in the country, the government on Wednesday brought onions and potatoes under the Essential Commodities Act. ...
  • Agriculture Minister warns of a drought-like situation in the country July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: In what could spell more trouble for the newly-elected Narendra Modi government, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday warned of a drought-like situation in some parts of the country. Singh said that the deficient monsoon could lead up to one of India's worst droughts in recent years. "If...
  • Emergency action plan to deal with drought-like situation in Chhattisgarh June 26, 2014

    The weak monsoon in Chhattisgarh is worrying the state government, with Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday issuing directives for preparing an emergency action plan to deal with any drought-like situation. Singh directed the agriculture, revenue and disaster management departments to start preparing for the action plan. Besides, he assured farmers of...
  • Modi government gets into action after Met department's weak monsoon warning June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has gotten into action after the Meteorological department's warning that India could be looking at a weak monsoon this year. Prime Minister Modi chaired a meeting with key ministers to frame a monsoon action plan. The meeting had Agriculture, Rural Development, Fertilizer, Water Resources and...
  • Centre braces up for poor monsoon, chalks out plans to tackle poor rainfall June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: With India staring at a below normal monsoon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Union Cabinet has sprung into action. Modi on Friday met Union Agriculture Minister Radha Rammohan Singh and in a meeting that stretched well over 2.5 hours to discuss the possible scenarios, sources tell CNN-IBN that...
  • El Nino will affect India less, no pan India drought, says Met chief April 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) Director LS Rathore has predicted that the monsoon in 2014 is expected to be 95 per cent of long period average, which is slightly below normal. Speaking to the media he said, "The probability of El Nino hitting the country is almost 60 per...
  • Foreign trip for 30 Karnataka MLAs even as state battles drought December 27, 2013

    30 MLAs from Karnataka are planning to go on a trip to the Amazon rain forests and waterfalls and they are calling it a study tour. The trip is costing Rs 7 lakh per head and is scheduled even as the state is battling acute drought. ...
  • Karnataka MLAs on foreign trips even as the state battles drought December 26, 2013

    Bangalore: Two foreign junket trips by a bunch of MLAs in Karnataka have kicked up a storm. Close to 30 MLAs are on junkets to several countries even as the state was in the grip of a drought and sugarcane crisis. While one group of MLAs has already left to...
  • Central team visits drought-hit areas of the state November 18, 2013

    A central team on Monday began a visit of drought-hit Bihar to assess the situation, an official said. Bihar in September declared 33 of its 38 districts drought-hit on account of poor rains. The state was 25% deficit in its annual rainfall. "The 12 member-team held a meeting with top officials of...
  • Central team to visit drought-hit Bihar on October 3 September 26, 2013

    A central team will visit drought-hit Bihar on October 3 to assess the situation, state government officials said on Thursday, adding that after the assessment the quantum of relief would be decided. "A central team will visit the drought-hit districts of the state to assess the situation, including the quantum of...
  • Nitish Kumar seeks Rs 12,000 crore from Centre to tackle drought September 19, 2013

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday demanded Central assistance of Rs 12,000 crore to tide over the drought situation in 33 of the total 38 districts of the state. Kumar, who is in New Delhi on a two-day visit, made the demand during his meeting with Finance Minister P...
  • Nitish Kumar declares 33 districts drought-hit September 18, 2013

    Taking into account deficient rainfall this year, Bihar government on Wednesday declared 33 out of the 38 districts of state as drought-hit. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Principal Secretary (Cabinet Coordination and Secretariat) Brajesh Mehrotra and the Principal Secretary (Disaster Management Department)...
  • Drinking water shortage in China, over 3 million people affected August 18, 2013

    More than three million people are facing acute shortage of drinking water due to a persistent drought in southwest China which has affected more than 17 million people in 1,311 towns. There was a partial relief from the lingering drought in Guizhou Province due to rainfall in the past two days,...
  • Direct Nitish Govt to declare Bihar a 'drought-hit' state, urges BJP to Guv August 14, 2013

    The opposition BJP on Wednesday urged the Governor DY Patil to direct the Nitish Kumar government to declare Bihar as "drought-hit" state due to rainfall deficit. A delegation, led by the state unit chief of BJP, Mangal Pandey and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav, called on...
  • Direct Nitish Govt to declare Bihar 'drought-hit': BJP to Governor August 14, 2013

    The opposition BJP on Wednesday urged the Governor D Y Patil to direct the Nitish Kumar government to declare Bihar as "drought-hit" state due to rainfall deficit. A delegation, led by the state unit chief of BJP, Mangal Pandey and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav,...
  • Declare Jharkhand drought-hit, demands BJP August 13, 2013

    The BJP on Tuesday demanded that Jharkhand be declared drought-hit following a deficit monsoon. A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation led by state president Rabindra Rai and former Chief Minister Arjun Munda met Governor Syed Ahmad and demanded that the state be declared drought hit. "In the memorandum to the governor, our...