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2019-07-02T06:07:15.980Z02-07-2019 2019-07-02T06:07:12.380Z - - 03-04-2020
Parts of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana continued to reel under drought-like situation owing to delayed rainfalls and a whopping 40% deficit rainfall in the month of June. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Telangana received 35% deficit rainfall while Andhra Pradesh received 43.6% deficit rainfall in the month.
Due to the insufficient rains, the water levels in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana's major reservoirs saw below satisfactory levels leaving the farming activities especially affected. Due to the water scarcity, the sowing operations are yet to start despite the crop season having already started a month ago.
By the first week of June, the farmers start with the sowing activity, however, this time around nearly 90% of the two state's cultivable lands saw no sowing activities whatsoever. 385 out of 589 mandals saw received a meager 86 mm rainfall as compared to the average of 132 mm rainfall. Department officials are calling the worst situation in the last 5 years. Back in June, the regions received a 54.2 % deficit.
The situation in Andhra Pradesh is worst with only 4% of the cultivable land seeing any kind of activity. Not just farming but the urban water supply also has taken a severe hit with towns like Ongole, Vizianagaram, and Kadapa reeling under acute drinking water shortage.
There is good news for Telangana though with IMD predicting heavy rainfall in the state in the coming days. "The delay in monsoon may not have an impact on overall rainfall for the season as the shortfall in June is likely to be made up in July and August," said YK Reddy, Director IMD Hyderabad.
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