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.
Over 250 districts in 10 states of the country are reeling under severe drought.
These states are home to around 33 crore people, that is nearly one-fourth of the population of the country.
The worrisome situation related to drought was also reflected in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
The house held a short duration discussion on the prevailing drought situation and water scarcity in many parts of the country.
Responding to the discussion, Agriculture Minister radha mohan singh said that centre is providing all necessary support to the states.
Following two consecutive below-average monsoon seasons, 330 million people are affected by drought across 10 of India’s 29 states, according to the government. Water shortages are severe. People are facing food shortages and livelihoods have been severely damaged.
New Delhi, India | AFP | Wednesday 4/20/2016 - 09:20 GMT
About 330 million people are suffering from drought in India, the government has said, as the country reels from severe water shortages and desperately poor farmers suffer crop losses.
One of the government's most senior lawyers PS Narasimha told the Supreme Court that a quarter of the country's population, spread across 10 states, have been hit by drought after two consecutive years of weak monsoons.
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government is implementing the Rs 69.92-crore Master Plan it had earlier prepared in an effort to prevent drinking water shortage in 829 villages across eight districts. The drinking water shortage is the result of irregular and inadequate monsoon last year.
Water resources minister Vijay Rupani said that of the 17,843 villages in the state with access to drinking water facilities, 11,856 are linked to group projects while 8,049 are connected to the Narmada canal network. Another 3,635 villages are connected to other sources of water, the minister said.
AHMEDABAD: Vijay Rupani, state water resources minister has stated that eight districts and around 1,000 villages in the state are facing an acute water crisis.
By Shreshtha Kumar, Shahrzad Rouhani, Abhishek Gautam and Madhumita Das
The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program, implemented by the Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana (RGMVP) was implemented in 2012 to empower women by organizing them into microcredit-linked self-help groups (SHGs) to increase the demand for toilet construction and therefor increase positive WASH outcomes. The program was designed to impact an estimated 21,000 households across 80 villages in two districts (Sultanpur and Amethi) in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Assessment of Impact of Drought on Men, Women and Children
An Inter-Agency Initiative
Banda, Chitakoot, Siddharth Nagar, Sonbhadra & Mahoba Districts, Uttar Pradesh
The Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, today took a meeting to review the situation arising out of rain deficiency and drought affected areas of the country. The Chief Secretaries of all the drought affected states participated in the meeting. The Secretaries of concerned departments and ministries of Government of India viz., Agriculture, Rural Development, Drinking Water, Animal Husbandry, Food & Public Distribution, Water Resources, Home Affairs, Finance and Railways took part in the deliberations.
A train carrying half a million litres of water has been dispatched to the worst-affected areas of India's drought-hit western Maharashtra state.
The "water train" is pulling 10 tankers filled with water to Latur district.
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From 4 to 8 April, a series of tropical depressions and the passage of Tropical Cyclone Zena near the island of Viti Levu caused widespread flooding, further compounding the impact of Cyclone Winston which struck the Fijian islands in February. Three fatalities were reported and more than 12,000 people sheltered in evacuation centres. The floods washed away seeds planted after Cyclone Winston, increasing the country’s vulnerability to food insecurity in the coming months.
The Government has decided to send Central Water Commission teams to drought-affected areas across the country to assess availability of water and prepare reports.
The situation has forced many people to vacate their homes in search of food and water. Nearly 46 districts in Madhya Pradesh have been severely hit by drought.
Dry days look ahead in Chhattisgarh as water level in dams and reservoirs is only 30 percent of the total storage capacity. In total, 117 tehsils are facing drought like situations in the state.
Situation Report- Odisha
The Due to erratic and deficient rainfall during the South-West Monsoon-2015, the State of Odisha faced with a severe drought situation. In addition to erratic and deficient rainfall during the South-West Monsoon2015, the dry spell continued in subsequent months. The actual state average rainfall during the months from June to November, 2015 vis-à-vis the long term average rainfall for the said months is indicated below:
The Bundelkhand region (comprising seven districts of Uttar Pradesh and six districts of Madhya Pradesh) is once again making headlines for its drought situation.
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The Central Government of India has accorded the status ‘calamity of severe nature’ to the worst floods Tamil Nadu witnessed in over hundred years.
Mud huts with thatch roofs have been severely affected in the floods. Walls have melted away, the flooring made of mud remained damp and sludgy weeks after the floods.
Households have lost their utensils, stoves clothes and other belongings in the flood