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Telangana may suffer drought this year

DROUGH

Telangana districts have recorded deficit rainfall since the onset of the south west monsoon. Unless moderate to heavy rains are registered this month, the Telangana state is at a possible drought side.

According to Meteorological Director, YK Reddy chances of good rainfall in August are less. Due to scattered rainfall witnessed in north Telangana. It is not good news either in second and third weeks of the coming month with subdued monsoon expected in most parts of the State, he said.

The situation is slightly better in Adilabad and Nalgonda districts where normal rainfall was witnessed. People of Warangal and Khammam districts, especially farmers, are lucky since both the districts recorded excess rainfall.

While the normal rainfall reading from June 1 till July 30 is 360.2 mm, the State received only 299.6 mm. The percentage of deficient rainfall is minus 17 per cent. If we consider July month alone, the situation is alarming since the deficient rainfall stood at minus 66 per cent.

However, due to excess rains recorded in June, the overall figure jumped to minus 17 per cent. Rainfall in August will be crucial for Telangana as it will indicate the chances of facing drought or not.