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Why is Karnataka facing the worst drought situation in last 40 years?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 29 August 2015, 18:40 IST

After Rajasthan, Karnataka is the most drought prone state of India and the situation this year seems to be much worse because of poor monsoons this year. According to a report in TheNewsMinute, northern regions of the state usually experience a drought situation during the summers but this year there are several other areas which have been declared drought hit.

What is the situation?

  • The areas which are known for high rainfall have also faced a similar fate this year and have been declared drought-hit.
  • It is an alarming development that this year the rainfall has decreased by 25 per cent of the normal in coastal areas of the state.
  • The government has already declared 126 Talukas out of a total 177 as drought-hit and is planning to the number to 150.
  • Northern parts of the state received 46 per cent less rainfall this year because of which all 12 districts of the area are declared drought-hit.
Karnataka, like rest of the country, is facing a serious problem of farmer suicides and such a situation is expected to escalate the losses and thus compel them to take a negative step.
First published: 29 August 2015, 18:40 IST
 
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