In Maha’s Worst Drought in 50 Yrs, 27,500 Villages Go Thirsty

151 tehsils in Maharashtra have been declared drought-affected.

Published14 Jun 2019, 09:22 AM IST
India
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As Maharashtra faces the worst drought in the last 50 years, the regions of Marathwada and Vidharbha have been the most severely-affected in the state.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, who is visiting the drought-affected areas, has taken the responsibility to look into the crisis himself. So far he has spoken with 884 Village heads about the issue.

151 tehsils in Maharashtra have been declared drought-affected
  • Government has put a hold on bank loan recovery process and has waived off farmers’ 'Krushi PUMP bills’.
  • College fees have been waived off.
  • 1,234 fodder camps have been set-up for animals.
  • More than 5,000 tankers have been deployed to provide water to villages.
This generation of Marathwada has always battled with problems. Marathwada has become synonymous with 12 months of troubles. But I have made a vow that this generation may have seen only bad times, but the next generation will not face the same fate. 
Devendra Fadnavis, CM Maharashtra

In what is being called as the worst drought of the past 50 years, close to 27, 500 villages are suffering and are in the dire need of water. In addition, crops across 86 lakh hectares have been destroyed.

At least 2,500 complaints have been made on the CM office's helpline number.

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