Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of Agriculture
The 14 States covered under NADAMS are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. The drought assessment for 14 States is carried out at District level. However, out of these 14 States in 5 States (Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana) drought assessment is carried out at Sub-District level.
Dusty storm and rains have brought relief to some parts of the country reeling under intense heat wave. However, rising mercury continues to wreak havoc in many parts the country.
Heat wave continued in Telangana and has claimed 219 lives so far. Highest numbers of casualties is recorded in Nalgonda where 76 people lost their lives, whereas 35 people have died under intense heat in Mehboobnagar.
According to the Met dept, heat waves are likely to continue in Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, khammam and adjoining areas.
India, Nepal – Forest fire
• According to media, forest fires have been affecting northern India, especially the state of Uttarakhand, as well as some areas of Nepal over the past couple of months causing casualties and damage.
• Media report at least 18 people dead, of which 11 in Nepal and seven in Uttarakhand state (India), as of 3 May.
India, Nepal - Forest Fire (EFFIS, Media)
According to media, forest fires have been affecting northern India, especially the state of Uttarakhand, as well as some areas of Nepal over the past couple of months causing casualties and damage. Media report at least 18 people dead, of which 11 in Nepal and seven in Uttarakhand state (India), as of 3 May early morning (UTC).
India - Severe weather (IMD, Local Media)
NEW DELHI, May 3 2016 (IPS) - A staggering 330 million Indians, making up a quarter of the country’s population (or roughly the entire population of the United States), are currently reeling under the effects of a severe drought, resulting in an acute drinking water shortage and agricultural distress.
State governments are resorting to emergency measures like rushing water trains carrying billions of litres to thirsty hinterlands and doling out food rations to the starving poor.
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Government of India
Ministry of Earth Science
Data on casualties due to heat waves in the last three years
India Meteorological Department (IMD) Issued Seasonal Outlook for Temperatures during the 2016 Hot Weather Season (April- June) as given below on 31st March 2016.
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Government of India
Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation
02-May-2016 20:17 IST
Cabinet Secretary calls for Integrated Action Plan to tackle drought
The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.
Although nearly half of the world’s population now has water piped into their homes and there have been significant improvements to water access in recent decades, many people living in urban areas of developing countries still do not have easy access to this most basic resource. And even where pipes do reach the urban poor, water sometimes does not.
“Literally, people wait around their house until the water comes on,” said Anu Sridharan, a founder of a social enterprise called NextDrop. “We’ve met people who’ve missed weddings, funerals and meetings.”
By Malini Menon and Gopal Sharma
NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU, May 2 (Reuters) - Nepal and parts of northern India are battling their worst forest fires in years that have devastated thousands of hectares of woodland, killed at least 18 people and sent a pall of smoke across the southern Himalayas that can been seen from space.
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Prabin Kalita | TNN | Apr 30, 2016, 12.18 PM IST
Guwahati: The continuing first wave of floods and bouts of hailstorm fed by pre-monsoon rain have already affected over 40,000 families that depend on agriculture and have damaged standing crop areas of over 9,600 hectare in the state. The state agriculture department has assessed the total loss at Rs 931.03 lakh.
Union Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister Outlines the Various Measures Taken by the Government
Tikamgarh, India | AFP | Monday 5/2/2016 - 04:05 GMT
by Jalees ANDRABI
As young boys plunge into a murky dam to escape the blistering afternoon sun, guards armed with guns stand vigil at one of the few remaining water bodies in a state hit hard by India's crippling drought.
Desperate farmers from a neighbouring state regularly attempt to steal water from the Barighat dam, forcing authorities in central Madhya Pradesh to protect it with armed guards to ensure supplies.
CDKN’s Mihir Bhatt reports from Ahmedabad, in India’s current heat wave zone – and reflects on how learning from CDKN’s innovative partnership project in Ahmedabad could help save lives all over again.
**The present situation*:
Over 150 citizens have died due to the overlap of heat wave and drought conditions in India this summer.
India is under the grip of deadly heat wave conditions as large areas are blazing under the sun: Odisha and Telengana have seen over 100 casualties so far this summer.
Nairobi, 29 April 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its 2015 Annual Report website and print edition in all six UN languages. The report showcases many of UNEP’s big results of the last year – from key work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement to securing investor pledges to decarbonize $600 billion worth of assets under management – and zooms in on projects helping communities in countries like Colombia and Cambodia to adapt to climate change and develop sustainable livelihoods.
Temerloh, Malaysia | Friday 4/29/2016 - 03:16 GMT
By Satish Cheney
Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Nino have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Nina.
• Very high temperatures have been affecting several parts of the country. On 27 April, a max. temperature of 45 °C was observed in Bankura (West Bengal state) and in Wardha (Maharashtra state).
• Local media reported over 290 deaths over the past weeks, of which over 150 in Andhra Pradesh state, 49 in Telangana state and 109 in Odisha state, as of 27 April.
• Over the next 24-48 h, high temperatures may still affect the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkahand, West Bengal, Odisha and Haryana.
WFP provided technical support for registration of about 32.6 million individuals in the state of Odisha to benefit from the Government of India’s National Food Security Act (NFSA).
The Government of India and WFP signed a Letter of Intent for a proposal to establish a Centre of Excellence on food and nutrition security.
WFP has been invited to share its experiences on fortification and the results of the fortification pilot as inputs for potential formulation of a national food fortification policy.
The government has sent technical teams, comprising officials from Central Water Commission (CWC) and Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), for an on-the-spot study of water situation in drought-affected areas of the country.
The teams would analyse the problems and causes leading to drought situations, identify water resources management challenges, gaps in water information and plans to recharge, long-term solutions and suggest measures for protection, management and restoration of water bodies. They have also been asked to prepare a long-term work plan of possible options.