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Scant rainfall cause for concern in Adilabad

An old well located on the higher plains in Sirpur (U) mandal has water despite the plunging of groundwater level in Adilabad district due to the dry spell. PHOTO: S. HARPAL SINGH  

It will take at least a few days of continuous rainfall for the groundwater in Adilabad to get recharged to a desired level given the current precarious situation, according to experts. This year, the level at which groundwater is available has plunged deeper than the depths at which it was available in summer and continues to sink further thanks to the prolonging dry spell.

Rainfall has occurred across the district on Wednesday, a few places received spells of heavy rainfall too, but the intensity and quantum was not enough for proper percolation. “It will take some more spells of heavy rain before the soil gets saturated and allow deeper percolation,” opines the Deputy Director of Groundwater Department in Adilabad G. Kumaraswamy as he sums up the situation.

Compared to a level of 8 metres groundwater in last May and June, the level is deeper this year at 8.7 metres. “The depth at which water was available in May was 8 metres but it has plunged further by 0.7 metres in the month of June which could be headed towards more serious situation if the dry spell continues,” Mr. Swamy explains.

At present, the Rural Water Supply department is transporting drinking water to 14 villages in the district. The condition could worsen if there is no rainfall in the coming days.

Meanwhile, farmers in some places of Adilabad, Nirmal and Asifabad Revenue Divisions are happy over the spell of rainfall received early on Wednesday. They are likely to take up sowing or re-sowing wherever seeds have been lost in the coming couple of days.

Spells of heavy rainfall occurred at Mamda, Boath and Narnoor mandals in addition to those with less spread. Almost all other mandals in the district received some quantity of rainfall during the day.

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