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Drought-like situation in M'rashtra

With available water storage dipping to barely 31 percent owing to poor rains, a severe drought-like situation could envelop Maharashtra, officials said. Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh attended a high-level meeting to review the situation.

Large parts of the state have got deficient rainfall although the peak monsoon month has ended.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said after the meeting that 'the current drought-like situation is a cause of concern'.

He said that 191 talukas (sub-districts) had received less than 75 percent of normal rainfall, severely hitting agriculture activities.

With the monsoon drawing to a close, even the sowing season has ended.

The government would have double its efforts to tackle the drought-like situation, the chief minister said.

Citing grim statistics, Chavan said that five sub-districts received less than 25 percent rains, 50 got less than 50 percent, and 136 got less than 75 percent rainfall.

Of 35 districts, only four have received 100 percent rainfall, while 10 got 75-100 percent, 18 got 50-75 percent, while the remaining three got less than 50 percent rainfall.

Pawar assured the central government's full co-operation to help mitigate the problems of water supply, both for drinking and irrigation purposes.

Ramesh announced an additional central aid of INR167 crore over and above the aid of INR200 crore declared on July 31 - to augment water supply schemes. The government demanded INR206 crore for the purpose.

Presently, 1,980 tankers are supplying drinking water to people in 1,485 villages and 6,086 hamlets in the state, Chavan said.