The water table in as many as 249 villages in Marathwada region, reeling under acute drought, has depleted to such an extent that farmers there will have to wait for the next monsoon cycle for ground water levels to rise.
Various rain-related incidents in the state after the onset of the northeast monsoon has left 30 persons dead, the Tamil Nadu government said Tuesday as it assured people that it was prepared to tackle any kind of situation arising out of the heavy downpour.
The North East Monsoon today set in over South India, bringing its first spell of rains and the MeT department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala in the next 24 hours.
With a current deficit of 34 per cent, Himachal Pradesh is heading for huge rain deficit as the prospect of heavy rains in the region during the next fortnight before the withdrawal of monsoon looked bleak.
A plea was on Monday filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government for providing immediate relief including cash and medicines to flood victims in the state.