Kerala Facing Drought in Every District

Published on: 03 May, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Weather News

2 May 2013

For the first time, a drought has been declared in every single one of Kerala’s 14 districts.The worst-hit areas are in districts of central Kerala, bordering Tamil Nadu. A weak monsoon dealt the first blow. Then, the main source of water in this region – the Aliyar dam – is running low. Tamil Nadu says severe drought in its own districts is the reason behind the release of less water.

The district of Palakkad, known as “the vegetable bowl” of Kerala, is irrigated by seven main dams and several smaller ones. Most are dry.Government officials say it’s hard to know the exact count, but concede that as a result, the ground water level has dipped alarmingly and that ground water levels are depleting with low levels witnessed in 86% wells.

The worst signs of the depleting levels of ground water can be seen in Kerala’s typical feature, the coconut plantations.


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