Fearing a hit on farm output from below-normal monsoon, the Centre on Thursday said it is taking all measures to tackle any situation arising out of possibility of poor rains and has also asked states to be prepared in this regard.
The El Niño climate phenomenon is almost certain to last through the Northern Hemisphere summer, the U.S. weather forecaster said, raising the chance of heavy rain in the southern United States as well as South America, and scorching heat in Asia that could devastate crops of thirsty food staples like rice.
With the MeT office indicating a below normal rainfall across the country in the coming monsoon season, the Centre has asked the states to make preparations to deal with the situation and take up works under the rural job scheme MNREGA.
When a day's rain is enough to inundate markets, choke drains and flood streets in a city of 1.3 million people, something must be seriously wrong somewhere. Srinagar city, especially its uptown business and residential areas, were devastated by the floods that hit Jammu and Kashmir in September 2014.
Reaching out to farmers hit by unseasonal rains this week in Telangana, Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Bandaru Dattatreya Wednesday visited different affected districts and assured that there is no dearth of funds to help them.
With 55 districts in Uttar Pradesh hit by untimely rains and hailstorm, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has declared a calamity and has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking Rs 1,000 crores to immediately provide relief to farmers.