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"According to IMD figures, there has been a sharp decrease in rainfall to the tune of 34 per cent during the South-West monsoon."
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Annual monsoon rains arrived at the Kerala coast in southern India on Wednesday, a day later than forecast, a weather office source said, easing fears over farm and economic growth after two straight...
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The much-awaited southwest monsoon is expected to hit the Kerala coast in next two days. However, there is going to be "no significant" change in the temperatures in northwest India for the next five...
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Ruling out the possibility of a deficient monsoon, India Meteorological Department today said 96 per cent chances are that the rainfall this year would be normal to excess. Releasing the second long-r...
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Even as India is expecting an above normal monsoon after two consecutive years of below average rainfall, a study conducted by group of meteorologist shows that the country is likely to see droughts m...
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There are 92 per cent chances of India receiving "normal" and above rainfall this season with good amount of rain expected in Central India and along the West coast while some pockets of Bihar and Eas...
You may want to think twice before savouring that hot tomato soup served on the Indian Railways. Passengers travelling on the Duronto Express from Ernakulam to Kolkata filed a complaint on Sunday, st...
After two running years of failed rains have pummelled farmers, a generous monsoon season remains the only way to relieve distress in the countryside and boost economic growth.
Responding to a public interest litigation (PIL) related to the extreme drought situation in at least ten states in the country, the supreme court came down heavily on the state governments and critic...
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Battling drought in 28,000 villages, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday sought increased funding for several central schemes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the situatio...
Even as Bundelkhand shrivels under the onslaught of a prolonged drought, the government is going ahead with a grand scheme to link two major rivers at this southern edge of the Ganga basin. At a time when moisture has fled the land and the rain-fed rivers are down to a trickle, transporting water some 230 km in a canal, irrigating farmland on the way, appears to be a mirage to many.
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Bundelkhand is a dirt-poor region where people are now desperately scratching the dirt for water. Only a few farmers have enough money to dig more than 50 metres and pump water out of the few aquifers that have not gone dry. A few others have built check dams and embankments to hold the rain where it falls, and their farms remain profitable. But such oases are too few and far between.
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Bundelkhand is amongst the worst places on earth to be a farmer. Decades of land and water mismanagement made worse by anaemic showers and changing rainfall patterns triggered by climate change have led to untold misery for its largely agrarian population. But many community workers and experts say the situation is not irrevocable. The region may yet prosper by adopting better ways to conserve water, in step with a more sustainable and varying use of the land.
Bundelkhand, the size of Ireland or Texas at some 700,000 sq km, is home to some of the poorest people in India, an unforgiving land where about half of its 18 million people live under the official poverty line, close to destitution.