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Truant rain: Government decides to declare Kerala drought-hit

Published: 29th October 2016 01:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2016 08:21 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

Concerned over deficient rainfall during southwest monsoon season, the government has decided to declare Kerala drought-hit. Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan told Express that it was a precautionary measure in  view of the deficit in rainfall and the fact that the state has to negotiate the harsh summer months soon. “The  government has decided to declare all the districts as drought-hit in a bid to alert the public.

The state has  eceived only a fraction of the expected rainfall during the monsoon season. The Centre will be apprised of the  development,” the said. The southwest monsoon recorded 34 per cent deficit in rainfall this year, and the  north-east monsoon is expected to be delayed. “We need to warn the people of a possible drinking water  crisis. The state will face potable water shortage during the months of March and April,” Chandrasekharan  said. For the moment, the government is considering options to tide over the crisis. If the northeast monsoon  proves to be weak, the coming summer could prove tricky for the state’s power sector. As on Thursday,  storage levels in the hydel reservoirs stood at 2,156 million units, which is lowest in the last four years.



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