India is under grip of drought affecting a staggering 33 crore people who are consequently face drinking water shortage and agricultural distress, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court. 2.55 lakh, a quarter million villages, in 254 out of 678 districts have drinking water shortage, let alone water to irrigate land.
Nine farmers commit suicide daily in drought-hit Maharashtra thequint
The top ten drought-hit states in India include Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar, Haryana, and Andhra Pradesh. Clearly, the Modi government has a very major issue in hand to deal with.
The Inter Linking of Rivers (ILR) has 30 links planned for water-transfer, 14 of them fed by Himalayan glaciers in the north of the country and 16 in peninsular India.
Dried up Manjara dam near Latur, Maharashtra thehindubusinessline
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Besides, she said the government also has other projects aimed at supplying water for irrigation and drinking in the next few years and the ILR was a long-term scheme.
In India, many states have received deficient rainfall due to the El Niño effect, a warming of temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of South America, that skews wind and pressure systems around the world.