Threat of drought looms large in UP

Threat of drought looms large over Uttar Pradesh following less than expected rain fall in this politically sensitive state raising apprehension over fall in paddy target.

Senior officials mince no words in accepting that drought could be round the cornor. ‘At this time of the year, we generally make preparations to tackle the floods but paucity of rain has given an apprehensions about drought engulfing the major part of the state,’ Agriculture Production Commissioner Alok Ranjan told MP on Tuesday.

The worst sufferer might be the Bundelkhand region alreday relling under several strains for last few years.

According to the sources of Rescue and Relief Department, more than two dozen districts have come under the short rainfall, below than average rain by 20 to 30 per cent. These include districts from eastern part of the state as well as the western and Roohelkhand.  The districts which have not received enough showers included Mau, Azamgarh, Ballia, Faizabad, Sultanpur, Barabanki, Shahjehanpur, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Moradabad, Meerut and few others. The Bundelkhand region might prove the worst sufferer due to drought as it was already countering the crisis of drinking water. As the under ground water level was sliding down constantly the drinking water crisis was all set to deeper. The all seven districts of Bulndelkhand (Banda, Jhansi, Mahoba, Jalaun, Lalitpur, Chitrakoot and Hamirpur) are already drought prone and if the monsoon fails to provide enough showers, the situation may go grim in coming days, official said. The sources claim that if monsoon does not deliver enough rain in next one or two week, the hue and cry will come up demanding the entire state to be declared drought affected.
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