About 42% of India abnormally dry

NEW DELHI, JUN 2 (IANS): | Publish Date: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

About 42% of India is ‘abnormally dry’ which is around 6% more than last year, according to the Drought Early Warning System (DEWS).

In the May 28 update of the real time drought watcher, the percentage of abnormally dry area increased to 42.61% from a week before (May 21) when it was 42.18%.

The increase is 0.45% from April 28 when it was 42.16%. The situation was little better on February 27 when 41.30% area was abnormally dry. The dry index has worsened over the last year as 36.74% of the area in India was abnormally dry on May 28, 2018.

There is an increase in the area under ‘severely dry’ category from 15.93% a week ago to 16.18% on May 28. Little less than 6% of the area is under ‘exceptionally dry’ category. Some of the worst affected areas are in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The area under exceptionally dry category went up from 0.68% last year to 5.66% this year.

The latest bulletin of the Central Water Commission on May 30 said that live storage of water in 91 reservoirs was 31.65 BCM which is 20% of the capacity.

All eyes are now on the monsoon. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in its second early forecast has claimed that it will be a normal monsoon but northwest India and northeast India are expected to have less than normal rains.

The Long Period Average (LPA) of 96 is expected for the whole country which is the bottom of the scale (96 to 104).



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