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Monsoon gathers momentum in drought hit talukas

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NASHIK: Since the revival of monsoon activity in drought prone talukas of Chandwad, Yeola, Deola, Nandgaon, Baglan, Kalwan, Malegaon and Sinnar with talukas of Chandwad, Yeola and Malegaon receiving over 50 mm rains in a shorter duration, the Kharif planting improved significantly since last week crossing 50% mark. The slight improvement in monsoon rainfall helped speed up the pace.

After deficit rainfall in June, the onset of July saw incessant rainfall in talukas of Trimbakeshwar, Igatpuri, Peth, Surgana and Nashik resulting into increase in water levels in several dams in the district with Gangarpur dam crossing 50 per cent water level.

On Friday and Saturday in the last week, the drought hit areas received heavy rains with reports of over 50 mm rainfall in some talukas. Drought affected Malegaon taluka received 120 mm rains in two days. The revival of monsoon in the scarcity areas lessened the danger of fodder scarcity and revived hopes of reduction in the number of water tankers.

Currently, the district administration has pressed into service as many as 270 tankers covering Baglan 39 tankers, Chandwad 14, Deola 19, Malegaon 45, Nandgaon 41, Sinnar 45 and Yeola 56. The month of June which usually is the onset of monsoon, saw deficit rains with talukas of Chandwad, Yeola, Deola, Nandgaon, Baglan, Kalvan, Malegaon and Sinnar facing acute shortage of water and fodder for cattle, while the situation was even more severe in some talukas forcing the administration to increase the water tankers to over 390 which is a record in itself in the prevailing monsoon season.

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