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Irony Of India: After Floods, 235 Districts Face Drought

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| } September 14 , 2017 , 13:21 IST

The monsoon season this year marked flood situations in several areas, including Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, and Mumbai, with the death of more than 250 people being recorded in Bihar alone.

Ironically, despite the massive amount of rains, 235 districts across India are at risk of droughts this year, as in multiple areas the below-normal amount of monsoon rains were recorded.

The 235 districts identified to be at risk of droughts have had a monsoon shortfall of nearly 20 percent, with 9 districts recording an acute deficit of more than 60 percent, India Meteorological Department data revealed.

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The majority of districts affected by the shortage of rains are located in a swathe running between Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha, out of which UP, Haryana and MP are the worst hit with rain deficits of 31 percent, 28 percent and 25 percent respectively.

While the first two months of the monsoon season in June and July this year ended with a 2.5 percent surplus of rain countrywide, the rains began failing in central and north India from August onwards, with a 17 percent below normal amount of rain being recorded.

"A number of factors worked against the monsoon since July-end. There have hardly been low-pressure circulations since then and conditions in the Indian and Pacific oceans have been unfavourable," IMD's long range monsoon forecasts head D Sivananda Pai said.

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The uneven distribution of rainfall has resulted in around 110 districts receiving excess or 'large excess' amounts of rainfall, with an over 60 percent increase in the amount of rainfall recorded, resulting in the worst floods in India in the past 10 years.  

The highest monsoon deficit was noted in west UP with a shortfall of 37 percent, out of which 5 districts of Agra, Hamirpur, Mahamayanagar, Amethi and Kushinagar face a shortfall of more than 60 percent.