The states of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have been badly affected by drought in the year 2015 due to deficit rainfall. To improve the current situation and restore it back to normal, the Union Government has approved a financial aid of Rs 6,794 crore for these three states.
- The government has approved Rs 3,100 crore for Maharashtra, Rs 1,672 crore for Chhattisgarh and Rs 2,022 crore for Madhya Pradesh.
In December, Maharashtra government had announced a relief package worth Rs 10,512 crore for more than 15,000 drought-affected villages across 14 districts of Marathwada and Vidarbha areas.
Some drought prone areas in India:
- With 11 districts in dry regions, Rajasthan is one of the most drought prone areas in India. According to the reports, out of 365 days of a year, on an average 355 days are dry.
- Whenever there is a drought in Karnataka, the Chitradurga, Bijapur, Dharwad, Hubli and Bagalkot are always the most affected regions.
- The Kutch region in Gujarat is famous as a dry region and is one of the hottest places in India. Kutch is one of the seven drought prone regions in Gujarat.
- Due to short rainfall, 30 districts were identified as drought prone regions in Odisha. Mayurbhanj district was the worst-hit and Balasore has the worst history of Odisha famine of 1866.