Kar­nataka de­clares 68 taluks drought-hit

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AMID ITS spat with Tamil Nadu over shar­ing of the Cau­very water, Kar­nataka has de­clared 68 of its 177 taluks drought-hit. The list in­cludes 16 taluks from My­suru, Mandya and Chama­ra­jana­gar dis­tricts that fall in the Cau­very Basin. Rev­enue Min­is­ter Kagodu Thimmappa has said that the num­ber of drought-hit taluks could go up as the shadow of drought looms over another 35 taluks. The af­fected ar­eas have re­ceived 20 per cent de­fi­cient rain­fall dur­ing the mon­soon this year. The In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment clas­si­fies this as a nor­mal deficit, but rain­fall was in­ter­mit­tent, re­sult­ing in 33 per cent crop loss. The govern­ment has al­ready is­sued ad­vi­sories to farm­ers to avoid sow­ing water-in­ten­sive crops like paddy and sug­ar­cane. This is the third con­sec­u­tive drought year for Kar­nataka. Last year, the state had de­clared 100 taluks drought-hit.

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