I remember our Prime minister saying that he is lucky that the crude oil prices have come down. So his opponents should not have any problem in that. But it seems our Prime Minister is not so lucky this time. If PM Modi’s luck should be credited for the fall down of oil prices, his luck can be equally criticized for the deficient rainfall and the drought in the country.

However any person, including our PM, cannot be held responsible for the natural phenomena like rainfall and drought. But there should be a concern for the poor farmers whose crops has ruined in the most of the parts of the country. The increasing figures of farmer suicide reveal the real scenario of the farmers in the country.

Beyond agriculture, deficient rainfalls have a greater impact on the economy of the country. Due to poor rainfall this year, especially in the latter half of the monsoon season, most of the dams of the country are emptier than normal level of water. As a result, an irrigation and power crisis looms.

Government figures updated until Wednesday show the country’s 91 big reservoirs had a total of 95.313 billion cubic meters of water in them — just about 60 per cent of the total capacity of these reservoirs. The total storage is 23 per cent less than the normal storage expected at this time, normal being the average of the last 10 years. The worst situation is in the 31 reservoirs of southern India, which are together filled to only 35 per cent of their capacity. These should normally be filled to 81 per cent of their capacity at this time. Last year, these were filled to 72 per cent of their capacity.

The basins of the Ganga, Indus, Narmada, Mahi, Sabarmati, and the rivers of Kutch are carrying normal levels of water. However, the Godavari, Mahanadi and Cauvery, and the west flowing rivers of the South, are highly deficient.

Water Storage in Dams
Water Storage in Dams

Indian Meteorological department made a forecast way ahead that this year there will be deficient rainfall. Instead of that, finance minister said that it is not going to have any effect on the economy. It would have been better of the government that keeping the forecasts of the IMD, they have prepared a better plan to handle the present situation. Deficient has already started showing its ill-effects on the economy and crisis is going to loom further.



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