Indian government allocates nearly half its disaster budget for drought relief in Maharashtra

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 26 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1902
  1. Patralekha Chatterjee
  1. 1New Delhi

Maharashtra state in western India is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years. At least a third of the state is affected, and thousands of villages face water shortages.

Poor rainfall in western Maharashtra and the central Marathwada region of the state throughout the 2012 monsoon resulted in dry soil and a shortage of storage water for irrigation. Dams have become rapidly depleted of water in three districts, Nashik, Pune, and Aurangabad.

The reservoir at Jayakwadi, the biggest dam in Maharashtra, has negligible water, an official statement noted last month. At least six districts have an acute shortage of drinking water, and the government …

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