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Distribution of drought prone areas
PTI
May 07, 2003
First Published: 21:14 IST(7/5/2003)
Last Updated: 21:14 IST(7/5/2003)

Almost a quarter of India's land area is prone to drought. Areas that get up to 60 centimetres of rainfall annually are the most drought prone. The drought is almost directly linked to the areal variation in the monsoon, the effect of which lasts for much longer than the actual span of the monsoon.

NORTH
Jammu and Kashmir
- Ladakh
Himachal Pradesh - Lahaul and Spiti
Punjab - South west, Malwa
Haryana - South west
Uttarakhand - Kumaon
Uttar Pradesh - Bundelkhand

WEST
Rajasthan
 - Marwar, parts of Mewar
Gujarat - Kachchh, north Kathiwar
Madhya Pradesh - Malwa,
Maharashtra - leeward side of Western Ghats

SOUTH
Karnataka
- North east
Tamil Nadu - central districts on leeward side of Anamalai Range
Andhra Pradesh - Rayalseema, south Telengana

EAST
Chattisgarh
- North, Bastar
Orissa - western interior districts eg Kalahandi 
Jharkhand - east Singhbhum, Palamau
West Bengal - Purulia 


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