With months to go for the rains, this is the drought map of India

An interactive story map that shows how the drought has gripped India this time.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 12, 2016 6:50 pm
Marathwada, Marathwada drought, Vidarbha drought, India drought hit states, India drought states, Villagers cross a parched land looking for drinking water in vastral gam near ahmedabad on saturday. Express photo javed raja 12-7-2014

A staggering 3,228 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra in 2015, the highest since 2001, according to data tabled in the Rajya Sabha on March 4, 2016 – that is almost nine farmers every day. This year, many regions are already in the grip of a drought with the rains at least a couple of months away. Thankfully, the IMD has predicted an above normal monsoon this time, after a gap of two years.

The drought has come in focus primarily because of the IPL matches is Maharashtra and supposed wastage of water at the grounds when the rest of the state is suffering. Also, there is a water train that has snaked its way into Latur, which is almost like ground zero when it comes to the drought this time.

However, as the map below will show, there is more to this drought than Maharashtra. Many other parts of the country too are equally parched.

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    Antony
    Apr 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    Acche Din
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      Ashutosh
      Apr 12, 2016 at 1:49 pm
      TOO BAD
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        Shuchit
        Apr 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm
        are you nuts I feel like hitting a poo stick on your face. there are people dying and you are making fun
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          jagar
          Apr 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm
          Neither the trolls nor troll-bashers interested in drought.It is a far away thing.
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            BharatK
            Apr 12, 2016 at 4:35 pm
            IGNORE these low-life creatures.
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              BharatK
              Apr 12, 2016 at 4:25 pm
              Nature follow natural law. But we can please the nature by respecting nature. Please plant more plants, create more rain-water storages, conserve wetlands, and use water judiciously. Also we need to control potion growth.
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