14 more taluks declared drought-hit

14 more taluks declared drought-hit

The decision comes close on the heels of the State declaring as many as 70 taluks drought-hit due to failure of rains in September in both South and North Interior Karnataka. The total number of drought-hit taluks in the State now stands at 84.

Disclosing this to reporters in Bangalore, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said deputy commissioners concerned have been directed to take up relief measures on a warfooting.

Under the guidelines issued by the Centre in 2004, the area which has received less than the average rainfall with a continuous dry-spell for four weeks will be declared drought-hit, he said.

According to the Karnataka Meteorological Centre and the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNMDC), the Stae will receive isolated scattered rain at least for the next two to five days. The State is yet to write to the Centre asking for additional funds for the drought-hit taluks.

Fact file
Newly included drought-hit taluks in the State
Hiriyuru, Holalkere
Tumkur: Chikkanayakanhalli
Jagalur, Harapanahalli
Piriyapatna, Mysore
Pandavapura, Srirangapatna
Belgaum: Saundatti
Bijapur: Muddebihal
Dharwad: Hubli, Kundagol
Hassan: Arkalgud

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