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Central team to submit report on Karnataka drought next week

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on March 25, 2016

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12 northern districts declared drought-hit

A Central team has inspected the drought situation in north Karnataka and will submit its report next week, based on which the Centre will decide if ₹1,400 crore as demanded by the State should be sanctioned.

“The team has visited drought-hit areas in north interior Karnataka. It is preparing the report and will submit the final report next week,” a senior Agriculture Ministry official told PTI. The State, which is facing back-to-back drought for two years, has declared drought in 12 districts in north Karnataka due to deficient north-west monsoon in the current rabi season. The State government has sought ₹1,400 crore relief from the Centre to tide over the situation.

Reservoir level

The State has informed that about 33 per cent of the total rabi sown area of 35 lakh hectares in the ongoing 2015-16 crop year (July-June) has been affected by drought.

The drought-hit districts in the state are facing severe drinking water problem due to less water level in reservoirs.

“There is 24 per cent of the full reservoir level and priority is being given for drinking water. Water is being supplied through tankers in 400 villages,” the state said in its memorandum.

Even during the Kharif season of this year, the state had declared drought in 27 districts due to 20 per cent deficiency in south-west monsoon rainfall. The Centre had sanctioned a relief of ₹1,510 crore to save kharif crops.

Drought-hit areas

North interior Karnataka comprises the districts of Belgaum, Bidar, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Haveri, Gadag, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Koppal, Bellary and Raichur. This is an arid zone and receives only 711 mm of average rainfall per annum.

A total of 10 States have been declared drought-affected in the country during kharif season of 2015-16. The Centre has sanctioned over ₹12,000 crore as relief package to these States.

Published on March 25, 2016

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