Relief works to begin soon in drought hit Mangaluru, Bantwal taluks


Mangaluru: Once upon a time Tulu Nadu was a ‘land of rainfall’ with prosperity. Now the picture has been changed and both Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks of Tulu Nadu have included in the list of 160 drought hit taluks in the state.

Both taluks declared as drought hit based upon the guidelines issued by the union government.The declaration came on the basis of scarcity of rain fall, decline in under ground water level, dry weather and others. Both Bantwal and Mangaluru taluks have witnessed decline in rainfall and rain fall shortage is estimated at 75%.

During the season, September 01 to December 31, 2016, Mangaluru taluk received a rainfall of 75 mm against normal rainfall of 301 mm whereas Bantwal taluk witnessed only 91 mm against normal shower of 337 mm.

Speaking on the issue, Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr KG Jagadeesha said that, “both Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks have been included in the drought hit taluks of Karnataka. An emergency meeting of concerned authorities will be called to discuss the works to be completed on priority basis. Proposals for drought relief fund and other assistance from the government will be made after conducting detailed survey.”


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