Drought looms large over undivided DK

Posted on Feb 28th, 2017 and filed under Special Report.

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Mangaluru : The coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts which are known for receiving plenty of rainfall every monsoon are likely to face severe drought this summer. Already Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks in Dakshina Kannada district and all three taluks in Udupi district have been declared drought hit.
Here it is worth mentioning that Mangaluru taluk which normally receives upto 303 mm rainfall has last year received just 95.5 mm rains while in Bantwal taluk as against the average of 213 mm rainfall, last year the taluk recorded just 70.8 mm rainfall.
The summer of 2016 is unforgettable for the people of both the districts when they faced acute water scarcity. With practically no rain between October and December last year, water levels had depleted in all water sources forcing the government to declare the two taluks drought hit.
The underground water level in Mangaluru taluk has depleted to 18 meters as against 12.97 meters last January.
Together, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts receive an annual rainfall of around 4000 mm.

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