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Drought looms large as Jharkhand receives scanty rainfall

india Updated: Aug 14, 2009 16:14 IST

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It has been raining in Jharkhand in the last 36 hours, but that is unlikely to end the drought situation, an official of the Met Department said in Jharkand on Friday.

The rainfall occurred when a central team was visiting Jharkhand to assess the drought situation in the state.

"The rainfall is taking place due to cyclonic circulation formed up to 3 km from sea level in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. The rainfall is likely to give minor relief to drought affected areas but it will not end the drought situation in the state," G.K. Mohanty, who is in charge of the Jharkhand Met office, told IANS.

Ranchi has witnessed around 60.7 mm rainfall in the last 36 hours, Jamshedpur 35 mm and Palamau 4.4 mm.

Considering the grim situation, different political parties have demanded that the state be declared famine affected. On Thursday, a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) delegation headed by former chief minister Shibu Soren met governor K. Shankarnarayan and demanded that relief work be expedited and that the state be declared famine affected.

The governor has written a letter to central Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar seeking additional 17,500 tonnes of food grains to distribute among poor families.

All the districts of the state have been declared drought affected. Jharkhand has sought a Rs.400 crore package from the central government to start relief work for the farmers. This year the state witnessed a deficit in rainfall by 60 to 65 percent in July. The June and July rainfall is essential for the paddy crops.