The Maharashtra government
Wednesday declared drought in 151 talukas in 26 of total 36
districts in the state.
As per a government order, 112 talukas are facing
severe drought and 39 talukas a moderate drought.
The 26 districts comprise eight districts each in the
Vidarbha and the Marathwada regions, five districts in North
Maharashtra, four districts in western Maharashtra and Palghar
district in the coastal Konkan region.
Among all 26 districts, the moderate and severe
drought overlap in many talukas.
Jalgaon district in the north Maharashtra consists of
13 talukas that are reeling under severe drought, followed by
Ahmednagar and Beed (11 talukas each), Solapur and Aurangabad
districts (9 talukas each).
Other districts are: Pune, Sangli, Satara, Palghar,
Dhule, Nandurbar, Nashik, Jalna, Nanded, Parbhani, Osmanabad,
Hingoli, Latur, Akola, Amravati, Buldhana, Washim, Yavatmal,
Chandrapur, Nagpur and Wardha.
On October 23, the state government had declared that
180 talukas were facing drought-like conditions.
"The ground truthing/verification was done and based
on indicators of rainfall deficit, reservoir storage, ground
water index, soil moisture, the drought was declared," a
Revenue department official said.
The opposition Congress and the Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP) had accused the BJP-led government of shirking its
responsibility by not declaring drought in the state and
hiding behind vague terminology such as "drought-like" or
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