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NASA launches tool to help farmers manage water during drought

  • The platform created by NASA uses satellite imagery to show how much water evaporates into the atmosphere from plants, soil and other surfaces.
Representative image (AP Photo/Josh Edelson, File)
Representative image (AP Photo/Josh Edelson, File)
Published on Oct 22, 2021 01:44 PM IST
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2021 Desertification and Drought Day: UN puts focus on recovery of degraded land

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought this year is focusing on the current commitment by over 100 countries to restore almost 100 hectares of land over the next decade.
2021 Desertification and Drought Day: The United Nations has put the focus on turning degraded land into healthy land. (File Photo / REUTERS)
2021 Desertification and Drought Day: The United Nations has put the focus on turning degraded land into healthy land. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Jun 17, 2021 07:36 AM IST
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'Big risk': California farmers hit by drought change planting plans

Farmers across California say they expect to receive little water from state and federal agencies that regulate the state's reservoirs and canals, leading many to leave fields barren, plant more drought-tolerant crops or seek new income sources all-together.
Nearly 40% of California's 24.6 million acres of farmland are irrigated, with crops like almonds and grapes in some regions needing more water to thrive. In picture - Almond trees sit on the ground during an orchard removal project in Snelling, California.(AFP)
Nearly 40% of California's 24.6 million acres of farmland are irrigated, with crops like almonds and grapes in some regions needing more water to thrive. In picture - Almond trees sit on the ground during an orchard removal project in Snelling, California.(AFP)
Published on Jun 01, 2021 11:18 PM IST
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330 million people in India were affected by drought in 2015-16: UN report

The UNCCD released “Drought Resilience, Adaptation and Management Policy Framework” which has made four broad recommendations.
Climate change is expected to alter the frequency and magnitude of droughts , dry land (arid) regions are disproportionately at risk, the UN report said.(AP FILE)
Climate change is expected to alter the frequency and magnitude of droughts , dry land (arid) regions are disproportionately at risk, the UN report said.(AP FILE)
Updated on Sep 11, 2019 10:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Greater Noida | By Jayashree Nandi

Railways wants Rs. 9.90 cr from Latur for water train during 2016 drought

Towards the end of July, 2016, Jaldoot Express had completed 100 trips to Latur, carrying potable water and coming as a saviour for the parched city.
A special train carrying five lakh litres of water reached Latur in Maharashtra on April 12, 2016.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
A special train carrying five lakh litres of water reached Latur in Maharashtra on April 12, 2016.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2019 12:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | By Abhay Khairnar and Shrinivas Deshpande

Freak weather events spiked this year: Data

India has already experienced more “extreme rainfall periods” in 2019 as compared to 2018, but there are also large pockets of the country affected by drought-like conditions due to the unequal distribution of rainfall.
According to IMD, India has experienced(PTI)
According to IMD, India has experienced(PTI)
Updated on Jun 16, 2020 02:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan

Drought reveals lost temple in Thailand, thousands flock to see it

Hundreds of people walked through the broken temple structures to pay respects to a headless 4-metre tall Buddha statue, adorning it with flowers.
A family prays near the ruins of a headless Buddha statue, which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand.(REUTERS)
A family prays near the ruins of a headless Buddha statue, which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 08, 2019 04:39 PM IST
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LOPBURI, Thailand | By Reuters

Beed diaries: Drought enters 38th week; acute water scarcity continues

Beed has received just 140.38 mm of rainfall as of August 2 — lowest in the Marathwada region. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the average annual rainfall of Beed amounts to 666 mm.
As water is supplied only once in 15 days here, only option left for villagers to fulfil their daily needs is a dried riverbed.(Sanjay Sadavarte/ HT photo)
As water is supplied only once in 15 days here, only option left for villagers to fulfil their daily needs is a dried riverbed.(Sanjay Sadavarte/ HT photo)
Updated on Aug 04, 2019 04:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Paithan | By Shrinivas Deshpade

A state of contrasts: Flooding and drought just 250 km apart in Maharashtra

Marathwada and Vidarbha have recorded a 31 per cent and 30 per cent deficit in rainfall over the same period. IMD is forecasting that the monsoon will pick up later this week for these regions.
Western and northern Maharashtra are floating in excess rainfall, while Marathwada and Vidarbha are dry.(AP File Photo)
Western and northern Maharashtra are floating in excess rainfall, while Marathwada and Vidarbha are dry.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Jul 15, 2019 02:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande

As Andhra reels under drought, CM Jagan Reddy announces Rs 2,000 cr relief fund

Making a statement in the state assembly on the first day of the budget session, Jagan said the state had recorded 48.3% of deficit rainfall this monsoon so far.
Jagan Reddy also announced the release of Rs 1 crore each to all the 175 MLAs in the state, irrespective of their political affiliation, to help them take measures to resolve the drinking water scarcity in their respective constituencies.(PTI)
Jagan Reddy also announced the release of Rs 1 crore each to all the 175 MLAs in the state, irrespective of their political affiliation, to help them take measures to resolve the drinking water scarcity in their respective constituencies.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 12, 2019 11:22 AM IST
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Worsening drought in Chennai is forcing doctors to buy water for surgery

Failed rains last year and delays in this year’s annual monsoon have left nearly half of India facing drought-like conditions, according to the South Asia Drought Monitor. Tamil Nadu is trapped in a “severe dry” cycle along with other states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
A worker mops the operation theater at a Sudar hospital in Chennai.(Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)
A worker mops the operation theater at a Sudar hospital in Chennai.(Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)
Updated on Jul 10, 2019 12:21 PM IST
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Bloomberg | By Archana Chaudhary

Centre asks parched states to finish drought proofing

The Union rural development ministry has written to all states with water stressed blocks and asked them to finish incomplete drought proofing and water management related works, an official familiar with the matter said.
A worker collects the last bit of water from a small pond in the dried-out Puzhal reservoir on the outskirts of Chennai. Image for representation.(AFP file photo)
A worker collects the last bit of water from a small pond in the dried-out Puzhal reservoir on the outskirts of Chennai. Image for representation.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2019 08:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi

Ashleigh Barty seeks to end long Aussie drought with women’s Wimbledon crown

The engaging 23-year-old Australian -- who emulated compatriot Evonne Goolagong Cawley by becoming number one last weekend -- has yet to get beyond the third round at Wimbledon.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning the final against Germany's Julia Goerges.(Action Images via Reuters)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning the final against Germany's Julia Goerges.(Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Jun 30, 2019 11:47 AM IST
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London | By Press Trust of India

Drought in other habitats makes greater flamingos stay longer at Okhla sanctuary

The reason for their prolonged stay, according to foresters and ornithologists, is the lack of water and drought-like situation at their alternative sites.
A swarm of more than 150 Greater Flamingo has arrived at the national capital region’s Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
A swarm of more than 150 Greater Flamingo has arrived at the national capital region’s Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 09, 2019 02:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Noida | By Kushagra Dixit

Drought, threat of less rain: Cloud seeding to help tackle water crisis

Jayakwadi is the biggest water reservoir in Marathwada and has zero water stock at present. There is only 2.86% water left in the reservoirs of Marathwada. Last monsoon, the state received only 77% of the average rainfall.
Faced with delayed onset of monsoon, severe drought and water scarcity, the state government has decided to conduct cloud seeding at Vidharbha and Marathwada, where little or no rainfall is expected this year. (Photo by Rishikesh Choudhary/HT)
Faced with delayed onset of monsoon, severe drought and water scarcity, the state government has decided to conduct cloud seeding at Vidharbha and Marathwada, where little or no rainfall is expected this year. (Photo by Rishikesh Choudhary/HT)
Updated on May 29, 2019 07:53 AM IST
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Mumbai | By Faisal Malik

Drought in Maha: Woman commits suicide after failing to find work

The woman, Sangeeta Fasale from Chinchode Patil village in Ahmednagar taluka of the district, was frustrated as she and her husband could not get any employment over the last few months.
A 42-year-old landless agricultural worker allegedly committed suicide in Ahmednagar district on Thursday evening after she failed to get work due to the severe drought in Maharashtra.
A 42-year-old landless agricultural worker allegedly committed suicide in Ahmednagar district on Thursday evening after she failed to get work due to the severe drought in Maharashtra.
Updated on May 12, 2019 07:14 AM IST
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Pune | By HT Correspondent

Fadnavis failed to tackle drought, neglected Gadchiroli: Sharad Pawar

‘Our government had started special budgetary provisions for the region which was discontinued by this regime,’ he said.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar addresses a public gathering at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai.(Hindustan Times)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar addresses a public gathering at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 04, 2019 11:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Droughts, Maoists have hurt Palamu seat in Jharkhand

Polling in Jharkhand will be held in four phases from April 29 to May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.
Ghaziabad India - March 14, 2019: A view of an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT), at DM office, in Ghaziabad, India, on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The members of the federation of association of apartment owners will request contesting candidates to give affidavits which will include time line of the works which the candidate promises in their area. (Photo by Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times)
Ghaziabad India - March 14, 2019: A view of an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT), at DM office, in Ghaziabad, India, on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The members of the federation of association of apartment owners will request contesting candidates to give affidavits which will include time line of the works which the candidate promises in their area. (Photo by Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 24, 2019 06:26 PM IST
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After floods, Kerala now stares at drought as temperatures soar

Six months after a devastating flood crippled Kerala, the state is in the grip of a severe drought and experts have warned that heat wave conditions will persist in many areas of north Kerala for more than a month.
A man removes debris from a collapsed house after floods in Paravur, in the southern state of Kerala on August 23, 2018.(REUTERS)
A man removes debris from a collapsed house after floods in Paravur, in the southern state of Kerala on August 23, 2018.(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 04, 2019 05:16 PM IST
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Worst droughts, famines in India due to lack of moisture, says study

Previous attempts to study 18th and 19th century droughts have been limited to meteorological droughts caused by failure of rains.
India is the world’s largest user of groundwater extracting 250 cubic kilometres every year – more than one-fourth of the world total.(UDAY DEOLEKAR)
India is the world’s largest user of groundwater extracting 250 cubic kilometres every year – more than one-fourth of the world total.(UDAY DEOLEKAR)
Updated on Feb 16, 2019 11:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Snehal Fernandes

Rajasthan seeks Rs 2,819 crore assistance from Centre for nine drought-affected districts

The Rajasthan government on Wednesday sought an assistance of Rs 2,819.58 crore from the inter-ministerial Centre’s team to tackle problems in drought affected areas in nine districts of the state, namely, Barmer, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jodhpur, Hanumangarh, Pali, Churu and Nagaur.
Kharif crop has suffered losses due to less rainfall recorded in several parts of the state, and timely relief measure, fodder depot for livestock animals and additional funds for cow shelters can help address the problem, the Centre was informed.(AP/Picture for representation)
Kharif crop has suffered losses due to less rainfall recorded in several parts of the state, and timely relief measure, fodder depot for livestock animals and additional funds for cow shelters can help address the problem, the Centre was informed.(AP/Picture for representation)
Published on Dec 19, 2018 08:32 PM IST
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Jaipur | By Press Trust of India

Gareth Bale snaps drought as Real Madrid edge past struggling Huesca

Gareth Bale struck his first goal in the league since the start of September to lift Real to a fourth win in five matches and move the European champions up to fourth place.
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale (R) is congratulated by teammate defender Alvaro Odriozola after scoring his team's first goal during the Spanish league football match between SD Huesca and Real Madrid CF at the El Alcoraz.(AFP)
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale (R) is congratulated by teammate defender Alvaro Odriozola after scoring his team's first goal during the Spanish league football match between SD Huesca and Real Madrid CF at the El Alcoraz.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 09, 2018 11:26 PM IST
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Uddhav to target BJP during Pandharpur rally on December 24 in Maharashtra

Thackeray also discussed the drought situation in the state and said that his party is planning an aggressive stand on the issue
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addresses media at Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar on Tuesday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addresses media at Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar on Tuesday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 05, 2018 12:39 AM IST
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By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai

Over 60% Maharashtra farmers hit by drought, state asks Centre for assistance

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis told the state assembly on Thursday that around 86 lakh hectares of land and 82 lakh farmers in 151 tehsils and 20 revenue circles have been affected by drought this year.
Replying to a debate on drought and the measures the Maharashtra government has taken so far, CM Fadnavis said the state has made budgetary allocation of Rs 3,000 crore on its own, without waiting for the Centre’s assistance.(Representative Photo)
Replying to a debate on drought and the measures the Maharashtra government has taken so far, CM Fadnavis said the state has made budgetary allocation of Rs 3,000 crore on its own, without waiting for the Centre’s assistance.(Representative Photo)
Updated on Nov 30, 2018 01:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai

Droughts in Maharashtra need a better response

Promote sustainable crops, not just water-guzzlilng sugarcane
While the chief minister had unveiled Jalyukt Shivar, an ambitious water shed development scheme in a bid to make the state’s villages drought-free, it is clear now that the plan does not guarantee success(AP)
While the chief minister had unveiled Jalyukt Shivar, an ambitious water shed development scheme in a bid to make the state’s villages drought-free, it is clear now that the plan does not guarantee success(AP)
Published on Nov 08, 2018 03:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent

Drought in Maharashtra could increase farmer suicides, say experts

Government urged to treat drought as a natural disaster and amend the National Disaster Management Act, 2005 accordingly.
Experts from the city have urged the government to be prepared for such an eventuality (Representative photo)(HT/PHOTO)
Experts from the city have urged the government to be prepared for such an eventuality (Representative photo)(HT/PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 04, 2018 02:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande

Drought: More areas across 7,500 Maharashtra villages added to list

The Maharashtra government on Thursday added 250 revenue circles across 7,500 villages to its list of areas hit by drought
The Maharashtra government on Thursday added 250 revenue circles across 7,500 villages to its list of areas hit by drought(HT)
The Maharashtra government on Thursday added 250 revenue circles across 7,500 villages to its list of areas hit by drought(HT)
Published on Nov 02, 2018 01:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Faisal Malik, Mumbai

Nearly half of Maharashtra faces drought, 26 districts affected

Drought severe in 112 tehsils; 151 of 358 tehsils hit, says state
The government said 112 tehsils in the state are ‘severely’ hit(HT)
The government said 112 tehsils in the state are ‘severely’ hit(HT)
Updated on Nov 01, 2018 09:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Faisal Malik, Mumbai

Maharashtra farmers rue losses as drought damages crops

Their entire kharif yield, including cotton, maize, moong, urad, has been hit owing to deficient rainfall, leaving farmers with little income to survive until the 2019 harvest.
A dried-up local tributary of Godavari River, Shivna, in Aurangabad district.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
A dried-up local tributary of Godavari River, Shivna, in Aurangabad district.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 29, 2018 02:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Ketaki Ghoge, Aurangabad/beed

Maharashtra: 32 districts face drought, government lists 179 tehsils for verification

Thirty-two of the state’s 36 districts are staring at drought this year, a report by government’s forecasting agency, National Centre for Crop Forecasting (NCCF), has found
File photo(AP)
File photo(AP)
Updated on Oct 16, 2018 08:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
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