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Special Cabinet to discuss ways to tackle drought in state

Special Cabinet to discuss ways to tackle drought in state

Thiruvananthapuram: A special meeting of the Cabinet will be held on Wednesday to discuss the drought-hit situation in the state.

The State Disaster Management Authority has declared Kerala as a drought-affected State following a review of the rainfall received during the two monsoon seasons.

The State is heading towards an unusually hot and dark summer with a drastic shortfall in monsoon rains pushing it to a crippling power crisis and creating a drought-like situation in most parts of the state.

The government has already asked various departments and district administrations to work out contingency plans to tackle the drought situation by working out crisis management plans to maintain basic services like water supply.

According to Indian Meteorological Department, rainfall received by Kerala during the South West Monsoon (SWM) was deficient by 24 per cent. The gap left by the North East Monsoon (NEM), with only a few days left for it to recede, has already shown a shortfall of 35 per cent.

Apart from the adverse fallout on power generation, poor rainfall would further endanger food security of the state, which already relies heavily on neighbours for rice, pulses and provisions.

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