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Rain-deficit 23 districts in Karnataka declared drought-hit

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

Of the 30 districts across Karnataka, 23 districts have been declared drought-hit due to deficit rainfall in the monsoon season, an said on Wednesday.

"Though the monsoon (June-September) was near normal in coastal, south interior and Malnad regions with record rainfall causing floods in seven districts, deficit-rains forced the to declare 23 districts drought-hit," an told IANS here after a review meeting.

According to the (IMD) data, the cumulative seasonal rainfall across the southern state was minus 2 per cent from June 1 to September 12, with coastal areas recording 3 per cent above normal, and south interior region 7 per cent above normal, while north interior area posted 26 per cent deficit.

"A cabinet sub-committee on disaster management had identified 86 taluks (sub-districts) in the state's erstwhile province in northwest and the Hyderabad-region in the northern region due to dry weather," said the official, citing a report its submitted to the Chief Minister's office on Tuesday.

As per the revised guidelines, a taluk can be declared drought-hit with a 60 per cent rain deficit or a dry spell of three weeks with 33 per cent crop loss.

"Preliminary estimates reveal the kharif crop loss in the absence timely rains is about Rs 8,000 crore, as sowing was done in 63 lakh hectares of farm lands out of 75 lakh hectares across the state," said the

The state departments concerned, including agriculture, horticulture and sericulture will conduct a joint survey of the drought-hit districts and submit a report to the central government for grants from the (NDRF).

"Two central teams are touring seven flood-hit districts, including Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru for spot assessment of the damage to life and property caused by heavy rains," added the official.

The will also request the central government to rush another team to assess the damage caused by in the 23 districts.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 00:26 IST
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