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20,000 Maharashtra villages may soon run out of water, staring at drought

Water is scarce in at least 20,000 of the state’s 40,559 villages across 201 tehsils as they received less than 75% of the average required rainfall. The state government said it was assessing the situation in all these villages and is in the process of declaring drought, which may take around two weeks.
Water is scarce in at least 20,000 of Maharashtra’s 40,559 villages across 201 tehsils as they received less than 75% of the average required rainfall.(HT File)
Water is scarce in at least 20,000 of Maharashtra’s 40,559 villages across 201 tehsils as they received less than 75% of the average required rainfall.(HT File)
Updated on Oct 10, 2018 04:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByFaisal Malik, Mumbai

60% districts in India cannot stand drought, says study

The IIT study prepared a high resolution ecosystem resilience map of India from 2000 to 2014 and found that only 241 of the 634 districts, or 38%, were resilient to droughts.
During the study period, 68% of the area was unable to support vegetation in a drought year. Of the 30 states and Union territories considered for the analysis, only 10 showed more than 50% resilience.(AP file photo)
During the study period, 68% of the area was unable to support vegetation in a drought year. Of the 30 states and Union territories considered for the analysis, only 10 showed more than 50% resilience.(AP file photo)
Updated on Aug 15, 2018 08:36 AM IST
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times | BySnehal Fernandes

Persistent drought has caused rat ‘plague’ in Mongolia, says Xinhua news agency

Rodents are a common problem throughout Inner Mongolia’s huge and sprawling prairies, and adapt relatively well to dry weather.
Since mid-June, Inner Mongolia has seen 25% less rainfall.(Reuters File Photo)
Since mid-June, Inner Mongolia has seen 25% less rainfall.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 11:17 AM IST
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Reuters, Shanghai | ByHT Correspondent

Don’t look at monsoon only, examine soil moisture to predict crop yield, says IIT study

The study suggests that rising temperatures are depleting the soil moisture more quickly, which affects agricultural productivity
Study found that over the years, depleted soil moisture had led to large-scale droughts during rabi season despite adequate rainfall during the monsoon.(Picture for representation/ Getty Images)
Study found that over the years, depleted soil moisture had led to large-scale droughts during rabi season despite adequate rainfall during the monsoon.(Picture for representation/ Getty Images)
Updated on May 08, 2018 12:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySnehal Fernandes, Mumbai

Nearly 200 dead horses found in Arizona due to drought and famine

Native American leaders said the animals were searching for water to stay alive and in the process, burrowed themselves into the mud and couldn’t escape because they were weak.
The Navajo tribe is facing the problem of over-population of feral horses.(HT/Photo for representation)
The Navajo tribe is facing the problem of over-population of feral horses.(HT/Photo for representation)
Updated on May 06, 2018 11:03 AM IST
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Indo Asian News Service, Washington | ByHT Correspondent
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