State faces drought threat

Pandurang Mhaske
Sunday, 21 October 2018

“The report about the water availability and kharif loss is pending with CM Office and it is CM’s call whether to declare drought or not,” said an official from the Revenue Department. 

Mumbai: The State is heading towards a drought due to insufficient rains this year.  Last year, 14,679 villages were hit by drought, while this year, more than 20,000 villages are already facing drought-like conditions. The State has identified 179 talukas among 32 districts facing the water crisis.
  
As per the primary estimate, the maximum drought-affected talukas are in Jalgaon district (13) followed by Ahmednagar (12), Beed, Chandrapur and Solapur (11) and Buldhana, Nashik and Pune have 10 talukas each. The State Revenue Department has directed to survey 201 talukas, that are badly affected due to insufficient rain. Due to the scarcity of water and drought situation in these talukas, the kharif crop over one lakh hectares of land is under the shadow of danger. Last year, 14,679 villages lost their kharif yield due to insufficient rain.  CM Devendra Fadnavis last week said that the government is going to declare drought by this month end. 

“The report about the water availability and kharif loss is pending with CM Office and it is CM’s call whether to declare drought or not,” said an official from the Revenue Department. 

The government has already ordered district officials to start drought survey in their respective areas for calculation of ‘annewari’ or ‘paisewari’. In some talukas that have been declared as ‘trigger two’ with the help of the drought calculating system, work on assessment of drought and calculations of crop yield losses have been started.
 
Fifteen districts in State are facing drought situation as they received only 75 per cent of overall rain. Solapur, Nashik, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna, Latur, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Buldhana, Bhandara and Chandrapur districts received deficient rain this monsoon.

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