Drought in Karnataka

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    Grim situation in North Karnataka due to drought. The cities of Bagalkot and Bijapur are facing the worst water problem in 40 years. Gulbarga, Raichur, Koppal, Gadag and Bellary are reportedly getting drinking water once in 21 days. CM DVS Gowda has requested central govt for relief funds to the tune of 2200 crores.

     
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    Worst drought in four decades

    ‘Worst drought in four decades’ - Bangalore - DNA

    The alarm bells have been ringing from a long time. But not much action on the ground so far! The drought is the worst in decades, compared to the kind of draughts seen in Karnataka in recent history. Even otherwise, situation wasn't great with Karnataka being counted among the leading states in terms of land under arid and semi-arid zones! The situation is dreadful, to say the least!
     
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    Re: Worst drought in four decades

    From the above article, it says:

    But I've read a few articles that says Karnataka is the worst affected state! :confused:
     
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    Re: Worst drought in four decades

    Few other articles on the subject:

    The Hindu : States / Karnataka : Natural disaster monitoring centre data points to extensive drought in Karnataka


    Food & Beverage News: Top News - Karnataka sowing impacted by drought; poor output could up milk, food costs

     
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    Re: Worst drought in four decades

    Mantryon (Minister) ki to lottery lag gayi ..:tsk:
     
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    Re: Worst drought in four decades

    Scarcity is coming. Govt employees will get the heighest benefit.
     
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    It's raining well in Nagpur :)
     
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    Re: Worst drought in four decades

    Flash floods and cloud bursts kill more than 60 in Uttarkashi.....

    This is India
     
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    Karnataka facing drought: Top official

    Manmohan Singh should be asked to visit the dams and the affected areas too instead of doing what his Allies force him to do

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    BANGALORE: Karnataka is facing a drought and water levels in reservoirs across the Cauvery river basin have dropped due to deficit rains, a Central Water Commission (CWC) official said on Saturday.

    "I have realised that there is drought in Karnataka due to deficit rainfall and water levels in the reservoirs of Cauvery are lower than last year due to a weak monsoon," CWC member KC Jacob told reporters here.

    Assuring the state government that he would mention on his assessment of the ground situation in his report to the central monitoring committee (CMC) of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA), Jacob said he met scores of farmers in Mysore and Mandya districts and heard their grievances.

    "I will communicate to the CMC on what I have seen and grievances I heard from the affected farmers and their families," said Jacob, also a chief engineer in the water resources department.

    The five-member central team Friday visited the two worst drought-hit districts Mandya and Mysore and assessed the damage to crops caused by a severe drought, depleting water levels in the river basin reservoirs at Kabini and Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) dam, about 120 km from Bangalore.

    Headed by CWC directors BP Pandey and D Ranga Reddy, Jacob, another chief engineer Manmohan and Union agriculture ministry's deputy commissioner PK Saha, the team also discussed the amount of inflow and outflow at the reservoirs and collected data on area of cultivation, water availability and crops grown in the old Mysore region.

    The team also flew early Saturday to Hassan district, about 180 km from here, for an aerial survey of the river basin reservoirs in Harangi and Hemavathi command areas.

    In a related development, state water resources minister Basavaraj Bommai and state chief secretary SV Ranganath met CMC chairman and union Water Resources Secretary DV Singh here and discussed the situation arising out of the Sep 28 Supreme Court's directive to comply with the Sep 19 CRA order to release 9,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to the neighbouring riparian state (Tamil Nadu).

    "We have apprised Singh and his central team of the grim situation across the Cauvery basin and the depleting levels of water in all the four reservoirs. A delayed and weak monsoon led to 43 percent deficit rainfall in the catchment areas and drought conditions in the region," Bommai told reporters later.

    The state requires about 30 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of water for drinking purpose and 38 tmcft for harnessing the standing crops in both (kharif and rabi) seasons.

    Karnataka facing drought: Top official - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site
     
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    From the OP in the thread:

    The wish sounds silly in hindsight, isnt it?
    Hoping that a rational approach for irrational demands would eventually work out, has always been the bane of the thinking around here! :tsk:
     
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    Re: Karnataka facing drought: Top official

    The situation has always been fluctuating between extreme levels, especially in North Karnataka. Sometimes too less water and sometime too much. Atleast in South Karnataka, they usually do not have a problem of too much! With the recurring crisis, we need to find long term solutions. Even with all the feeling of distress, there are pockets of hope as well. We have examples of hamlets successfully implementing water conservation and management techniques. Now that the water supply to Bangalore is in question, maybe this issue will highlighted among Bangaloreans and in the national media as well. Just the right time for all of us to look into our approach on water usage. Not that steps have not been taken already. Bangalore Water department has been one of the few of its kind in the country that is atleast on its way to be able meter every drop of water supplied through its taps (long way though). Now, the scale of it all should ideally get enlarged and include the whole state in it. Just the right time to go for difficult but long term measures. If not now, it can never happen!

    Maybe we can post some of the successful water conservation/managament techniques successfully implemented, not sure if this is the right place though. I have heard a few from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Karnataka. There will be more for sure. But every region has its own unique conditions and not all sizes fit everyone!
     

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