42% of India's land area under drought, 500 mn people severely affected

42% India's land area under drought, worsening farm distress in election year

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Angarika Gogoi, Bhasker Tripathi | IndiaSpend
About 42% of India’s land area is facing drought, with 6% exceptionally dry--four times the spatial extent of drought last year, according to data for the week ending March 26, 2019, from the Drought Early Warning System (DEWS), a real-time drought monitoring platform.
Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, parts of the North-East, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana are the worst hit. These states are home to 500 million people, almost 40% of the country’s population.
While the central government has not declared drought anywhere so far, the state governments of Andhra

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First Published: Apr 03 2019 | 7:12 AM IST

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