Sunday, August 5, 2012

Kerala heading towards drought: Deficient rain in five districts

Thiruvananthapuram: With decrease of 41 % rain in the state, the state is heading towards a major drought. The deficiency in rainfall in five districts was recorded over 50 %. The rainfall were 57 % in Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha, 56 % in Kollam , Pathanamthitta 59 % and 68% in Wayanad.
Indian Meteorological Department has specified conditions for declaring drought. As per this, during South west monsoon, if the rain deficiency is 26 % to 50 %, then it would be declared drought hit and if it is more than 50% its acute drought.
As per statistics, it is learnt that most of the districts are heading towards drought.
According to MDI India's crucial monsoon is expected to be 15 per cent deficient this season, the first indication of a drought in three years.The country has received 20 per cent less rains than normal since the delayed onset of monsoon in June. Till yesterday, the country had received 378.8 mm rainfall against the normal of 471.4 mm.

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