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Nine districts in Kerala to be declared drought hit

The rain-shadow village of Marayur in Idukki, one of the affected districts. File photo  

The State government has decided to declare nine districts as drought hit.

The decision to declare Alappuzha, Kannur, Idukki, Kasaragod, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur and Wayanad districts as drought hit was taken by a meeting of the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA), chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The meeting directed the State Relief Commissioner to issue the formal notification in this regard.

The meeting, attended by Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan, Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar, Chief Secretary Paul Antony, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) P.H. Kurien, and KSDMA member secretary Sekhar L. Kuriakose, decided to declare the nine districts drought hit based on criteria such as rainfall deficit, shortfall in availability of surface water and groundwater and salt influx.

Rain deficit

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), there was considerable shortfall in rain in these districts during the North East Monsoon. The IMD had also predicted serious drinking water shortage in these districts.

Idukki did not have drought-like condition until now. The district was, however, declared drought hit given the possibility of major water sources drying up, resulting in drinking water shortage.

Urgent steps would be taken for supply of drinking water in the affected districts. Tankers would be used to supply water kiosks. In the event of sufficient funds not being available with the local government institutions for drinking water supply, funds can be accessed from the Disaster Mitigation Fund.

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