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Rajasthan Preparing To Face drought Like Situation Due to Monsoon Delay

by RajasthanDirect
Jul 09, 2014

Rajasthan State Chief Minister had a meeting with the state Disaster Management Authority to discuss the delay in the monsoon this year and to discuss about if the drought situation arises in the coming days.

Monsoon, delayed by almost three weeks in Rajasthan this year, has triggered off fears of a drought. Only a few districts in the western part have had rain last week but overall the State received only 22 mm of rain as against the normal 81 mm. As many as 21 of the 33 districts have received less than 70 per cent rainfall. If the weather office is to be believed, rain will be delayed by another week.

Concerned over the grim situation, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority to review the preparedness of the government and issued instructions to heads of all departments to assess the situation at their respective level and draw up contingency plans so that these could be implemented without delay as and when required.

The government will keep stocks of low water consuming variety of seeds which could be distributed immediately if rain failed. Ms Raje called for optimal use of water and said all water sources, including dams, should be well maintained to prevent outbreak of water-borne diseases.


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