Drought-hit India's quest for water hampered by thirsty crops

Back-to-back droughts for the first time in nearly 30 years mean some rural areas in the north are running out of water for human consumption and agriculture, prompting warnings of serious consequences if urgent action is not taken.


Children bear brunt of climate change: UNICEF
Children bear brunt of climate change: UNICEF

Climate change means more droughts, floods, heatwaves and other severe weather conditions.

Watch: Top 25 Headlines of UP

Watch: Top 25 Headlines of UP

Govt asks 6 states to submit report on drought situation

The Government on Thursday asked six states, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, to immediately inform the Centre about drought-affected districts and submit memorandum seeking financial assistance.

Central team tours drought-hit areas, Maharashtra seeks Rs 4000 cr aid

A Central team is on a two-day visit to Maharashtra to assess the damage in drought-hit areas, after the state government sought a relief package of Rs 4,000 crore from the Union government.

110 tehsils drought-hit in Chhattisgarh; Rs 4,000-cr relief sought

Those districts where tehsils have been categorised drought-hit are Bemetara, Kawardha, Janjgir-Champa, Bastar, Kondagaon, Kanker, Kanker district and Narayanpur.

South Africa facing worst drought since 1960s

Water shortage has reportedly affected 2.7 million households in South Africa.

14 percent deficient rainfall caused drought in Odisha

Odisha this monsoon received 14 per cent deficit rainfall leading to a drought situation.

Yogendra Yadav urges Akhilesh govt to declare UP drought-hit

Terming the drought situation in Uttar Pradesh as alarming, former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday demanded that the state be declared as "drought-hit" and the most affected Bundelkhand region "calamity-hit".

BJP-led government in Maharashtra declares drought in 14,708 villages
BJP-led government in Maharashtra declares drought in 14,708 villages

The state government has declared drought in 14,708 villages in Maharashtra.

Drought-like situation in 12 Odisha districts

 Odisha Revenue Minister Bijoyshree Routary on Wednesday said that 12 districts in the state are facing a drought-like situation and have suffered more than 33 percent crop loss.

60 mn people in sub-Saharan Africa risk famine: Red Cross

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned that a series of climatic shocks in 2014 and 2015 had decimated harvests and left many people in Gambia, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Senegal and Zimbabwe dependent on food aid to survive.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meets Akshay Kumar
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meets Akshay Kumar

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday met Akshay Kumar here after he was informed the Bollywood superstar helped raise funds for families of 100 drought-hit farmers in Maharashtra.

Twin blow to UP farmers:Drought situation after untimely rains

In a double blow to farmers in Uttar Pradesh, drought-like situation looms large in a number of districts after untimely heavy rains and hail storm early this year.

Late rains have washed away drought fears in Maharashtra: Devendra Fadnavis

Reeling under drought-like conditions just a few days ago, Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra now have drinking water stock that will last till June, thanks to a bout of heavy rainfall last week.

Odisha to provide 50 more work days for drought-hit under MGNREGA
Odisha to provide 50 more work days for drought-hit under MGNREGA

The Odisha Government has decided to increase the work days from 150 to 200 in drought-affected areas under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).

Akshay Kumar feels embarrassed to talk about donation for farmers
Akshay Kumar feels embarrassed to talk about donation for farmers

Actor Akshay Kumar, who has pledged Rs 90 lakh for relief of drought-hit farmers in Maharashtra, says he does not want to talk about it.

Drought can be declared if rainfall less than 50 %: Maha Cabinet panel

A proposal has been mooted for the Maharashtra government to declare an area as drought-hit if it receives less than 50 per cent of average rainfall between June and July as against the earlier criterion of less than 75 per cent precipitation in the said months.

Cabinet panel on drought to table report on Wednesday: Maharashtra govt

The Cabinet sub-committee, set up to frame changes in the century-old norms of assessing field crop yield in Maharashtra, will be taken up in the weekly Cabinet meeting tomorrow, State Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said on Tuesday.

Drought situation looms large in Odisha's nine districts

 A drought situation was looming large in nine districts of Odisha, which is likely to affect farmers, state Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy said on Monday.