Karnataka declares 68 taluks drought-hit
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.