Central team visits TN to assess drought situation
The state had identified 13,305 revenue villages out of a total 16,682 as drought affected.
An inter-ministerial central team constituted to assess drought on Monday met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam at the Secretariat in Chennai. The team would undertake an extensive tour of the state over the next two days.
The Chief Minister briefed the team headed by Vasudha Mishra, managing director, National Cooperative Development Corporation, Union Ministry of Agriculture, on the detailed assessment of drought conditions undertaken by the state earlier. The state had identified 13,305 revenue villages out of a total 16,682 as drought affected. “The drought is severe in a large majority of villages. The situation is likely to worsen in the ensuing months,” he told the team, according to an official press release.
Recalling that he had submitted a detailed memorandum to the Prime Minister on the drought situation, Mr. Panneerselvam said all 32 districts in the State have received deficit rainfall and the deficit ranges from 35 per cent to 81 per cent. The drought situation in Tamil Nadu has worsened by the non-release of Cauvery water by Karnataka in accordance with the Tribunal order.