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Maharashtra stares at agriculture crisis, drought with 40% cent rain in August

Maharashtra recorded just 40 per cent of the normal rain in August, triggering concerns about an impending drought, with 11 districts receiving 32 to 44 per cent less rainfall this monsoon between June and end of August, according to agriculture department data.

From June to August, Maharashtra received 658.7 millimetres of rain as against the normal 759.9 mm that amounts to 86.7 per cent.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has taken an initiative to monitor the situation complete with comprehensive plans taluka wise. ‘The unusual long break in rain during August is a cause of concern. All necessary precautionary measures will have to be taken and directives have been issued to respective departments and district administration,’ said the deputy CM.

After the initial delay, monsoon reached all parts of the state within a fortnight in June. There was change in rain pattern June and July with intense rain accompanied by hailstorms in Vidarbha, Konkan and parts of North, Marathwada and Western Maharashtra. However, poor rain in August has been a huge setback.

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