Uttar Pradesh Districts to be declared drought hit after August 10
The first ten days of August will prove crucial for the declaration of more than two dozen districts as the drought hit in Uttar Pradesh.
If during this period sufficient rainfall does not happen in substantial parts of the state thay might get declared drought affected.
The normal procedure for declaring the districts as drought affected requires 50 per cent shortfall of rain than the average and 50 per cent less sowing of the Kharif crop by the first ten days of the month of August. Though last 36 hours have witnessed rainfall in several district across the state but according to the official estimate it was still far less than the average rainfall.
The districts which have witnessed short rain fall than average by 50 per cent and are in queue for drought affected areas included Aligarh, Chandauli, Deoria, Pilibhit, Farrukhabad, Mau, Lucknow, Auraiyya, Jaunpur, Badaun, Bulandshahr, Muzaffarnagar, Kaushambi, Amroha, Etawah, Bareilly and Raibareli.
The districts which are in even worse condition due to short rainfall include Hathras, Bijnor, Baghpat, Meerut, Rampur, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Saharnpur, Kushinagar, Moradabad and Ghaziabad.
According to sources, the Revenue Department was in constant touch with Agriculture Department and after the end of the first week of this month situation will be reviewed regarding the districts fulfilling the norms to be notified as drought affected.