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Afghanistan snow storms kill more than 80, but ease drought fear

More than 80 people have been killed in Afghanistan in avalanches following heavy snow, officials said on Wednesday, with the bad weather set to last for two more days after an unusually dry winter led to fears of drought.

Chandrababu Naidu to launch flagship programme to make AP 'drought-free'

 Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will launch his government's major programme 'Neeru-Chettu' (water-tree) on Thursday, which is aimed at making the state "drought-free".

Scientists warn of `mega-drought` risk in western US

If people do not take action to rein in climate change by curbing fossil fuel use, long-lasting mega-droughts are increasingly likely in the western US later this century, researchers said Thursday.

Telangana government not addressing drought conditions: BJP

 The Telangana government is not addressing drought conditions, state BJP president and MLA G Kishan Reddy said here on Wednesday.

Maha govt sanctions Rs 2,000 cr aid for drought-hit farmers

 The Maharashtra government has given a go ahead to disburse Rs 2,000 crore compensation to farmers affected by drought during the 2014 Kharif season.

Drought may have led to collapse of Mayan civilisation

 The ancient Mayan civilisation may have collapsed due to a century-long drought, a new research suggests.

Maharashtra government announces Rs 7,000 crore package for drought-hit areas

The Maharashtra government on Thursday announced a Rs 7,000 crore package for the parched Vidarbha and Marathwada regions of the state, grappling with drought-like conditions.

Pawar demands Rs 10000 cr package for drought-like situation in Maharashtra

Former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar (NCP) on Wednesday demanded that the new government come out with a financial package of Rs 10,000 crore for tackling the drought-like situation in the state and went on to suggest the ruling dispensation to raise more debt.

Maharashtra Govt to focus on water conservation to tackle drought

Stating that water scarcity is an issue of grave concern for several regions in the state, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said his government would focus on water conservation to make the state drought-free within a specific timeframe.

Members for more funds to deal with impact of drought, floods

New Delhi: Cutting across party lines, members in Lok Sabha today urged the government to provide more funds to the states besides developing a permanent mechanism to deal with the recurring problem of drought and floods.

Climate rhetoric faces the devil in the detail

Politically sidelined since a 2009 UN summit almost ended in a bustup, climate change has resurfaced as a priority but faces a brutal test at talks opening in Lima on Monday.

Maharashtra seeks Rs 4,000 crore central aid for drought

The Maharashtra government on Thursday decided to seek a central assistance of Rs 4,000 crore to tackle the drought situation plaguing large parts of the state, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced here. 

Uddhav ​Thackeray to meet Governor on drought issue

Shiv Sena on Wednesday said that its leader Uddhav Thackeray will meet Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday and request him to direct the state government to declare Marathwada and Vidarbha as drought-hit as the government was not making such announcement.

Nations pledge USD 9.3 bn for Green Climate Fund

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin today pledged USD 9.3 billion for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming, just shy of a USD 10 bn target.

BJP government asked to grant relief to drought hit farmers in Maharashtra

Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra state assembly Eknath Shinde asked the BJP government on Tuesday night to immediately sanction Rs 10,000 per acre to drought-hit farmers in the state as well as immediately declare Maharashtra as a drought-hit state.

14 more districts drought-hit in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh has said 14 more districts, including Lucknow, are drought-hit. With this, more than two thirds of the state districts have now been declared drought-hit, an official said on Tuesday.

Near East history repeats itself after 2,700 years

Over population and drought led to the sudden collapse of the 7th century BC Assyrian Empire, says a study that draws a parallel between the collapse of the ancient superpower in the Near East and what is happening in the same area today.

Drought forcing villagers to migrate from Rajathan border district

Drought-like conditions are forcing villagers residing along the India-Pakistan border in the desert state of Rajasthan to migrate in search of greener pastures. If local NGOs are to be believed, over 100 villages situated in Barmer district are facing a severe water and fodder crisis.

UP govt demands over Rs 6100 cr aid for drought-hit areas

Uttar Pradesh government Thursday demanded a package of Rs 6138.42 crore for 44 drought-hit districts of the state.

UP govt delayed submission of drought report: Union Agri Min

 Alleging the Uttar Pradesh government of being "lax" towards farmers, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today claimed that the state provided a report on the 44 drought-affected districts late, owing to which there would be delay in taking decision on the relief package.