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Press Trust Of India
May 07, 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.

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

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

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

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