THE TAPS RUN DRY
The state is witnessing the onset of what may be the worst drought in decades
God’s own country’ may well be headed for its driest spell in decades. Bright sunny days and chilly nights through the winter after an extremely weak monsoon across Kerala in 2016 have all the makings of a severe drought. Farmers and plantation owners, indeed even the local populace, everyone’s bracing for the predicted calamity.
Acknowledging the crisis after the meteorological centre at Thiruvananthapuram issued a warning based on southwest monsoon rainfall data for 2016, the Pinarayi Vijayan government has set up a centralised war room after declaring all 14 districts as ‘drought affected’.
S. Sudevan, director of the Thiruvananthapuram met centre, says the situation is turning critical. According to him, 2016 saw a mere 103
36 PER CENT Water levels in Kerala’s dams now, compared to 62% in Jan ’16