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Deficient pre-monsoon rains put almost half of India on drought alert

Nearly two-thirds of the country's area has recorded either deficient or highly deficient rains

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The pre-monsoon deficiency has caused stress in rural India and led to water shortages in cities

Nitin Sethi New Delhi
As the new government gets sworn in on Thursday, one of its priorities would be to help states, particularly those in the south, to tackle deep drought. More than 40 per cent of the area of the country may face drought, according to the Drought Early Warning System run by the IIT, Gandhinagar. Of this, nearly half the area is looking at severe to exceptional drought.  

The pre-monsoon rains (between March and May) are an indicator — they have been deficient by 23 per cent across the country. And nearly two-thirds of the country’s area has recorded either deficient or highly

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First Published: May 29 2019 | 2:12 AM IST

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