Severe drought is also aggravating tensions with Iran over supplies from the Helmand – a decades-old dispute that has fed accusations that Tehran is helping the Taliban insurgency.
A NASA study has found that water escaping from cracks during the California drought in 2016 resulted in an increased height of peaks in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary directed officials to ensure all ponds are filled with water as soon as possible and that canals are not diverted.
The government also stated they are sending a proposal to the Centre to increase the number of labour days from 100 to 200 per family under MGNREGA.
The drought-affected farmers will be paid claims under Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme. Land revenue taxes will also be waived in the drought affected districts, added the minister.
The lack of rains is expected to impact the standing kharif crop and, moreover, could leave its imprint in the coming rabi planting season as well.
Once, Kolar was known for a network of lakes and a bountiful, if seasonal, river. The Palar originates in Nandi Hills in Kolar and flows through Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. It is now a memory in the district, its bed indistinguishable from the foliage all around.
Baidoa now hosts one of the largest populations of displaced people, with more than 142,000 recorded as of mid-May, according to the International Organization for Migration. The majority of those displaced in Baidoa are children and teens.
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Ever since drought set in from 2001, things have become worse. Water levels in local wells have fallen to 75 metres or below — far too expensive to pump up for irrigation.
Access of new international markets and an early start to the season have been cited as the reasons for the increase in exports from the country at large and Maharashtra in particular.
The Commission has written letters to the chief ministers of 12 drought-affected states to reimburse the fee and education entitlements such as school bags, uniforms, notebooks, under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan.
A research paper by scientists from Kerala and Pune paints a gloomy monsoon picture.
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said his party is ‘pained and concerned’ about the attitude of the government and asked as to what the Centre had done for the farmers since coming to power.
The GWSSB is responsible for water supply to the water-scarce areas and its main source is Narmada river.