Jharkhand government announces 129 blocks in 18 districts drought-affected
The survey came after Chief Secretary Sudhir Tripathy conducted a meeting in October.
As per the data, Jharkhand received 72 per cent average rainfall in 2018. However, in some places, it was less than 50 per cent. The worst affected are Pakur and Koderma.
Ranchi, Khunti, Gumla, Garhwa, Latehar, Dumka, Jamtara, Deoghar and others received more than 50 per cent but less than 75 per cent rainfall.
The drastic lack of rainfall affected paddy sowing, which was less than 16 per cent of the average.
According to the official, paddy sowing is done on 18 lakh hectares of land in the state. However, this year sowing took place only in 15.27 lakh hectares.
The average rainfall in the state is 1,027.7 mm, but in 2018 it received only 741.9 mm.
In August and September, the normal rainfall in Jharkhand is 276.2 mm and 235.5 mm, respectively, but it received only 213.2 mm and 133.6 mm. The shortfall in the September rainfall damaged the crops, the official added.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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