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Rainfall deficit persists

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HYDERABAD: The rainfall deficit of the State has remained 37 per cent without a change since last week as the South-West monsoon continued to be sluggish.

The State has so far received a rainfall of 65.8 mm from June 1, as against a normal of 105.2 mm by this time of the season. As a result, crops could be sown over 12.22 lakh hectares only so far compared to the normal of 17.3 lakh ha during the season till date. The total area normally sown during kharif is 79 lakh hectares. Regionwise, Telangana accounted for a deficit of 48 per cent, Rayalaseema 37 per cent, and Coastal Andhra 20 per cent.

Hyderabad (urban) topped the list of the rainfall deficit districts with a 73 per cent shortage. Medak is affected by 69 per cent deficit, Nizamabad 56 per cent, Karimnagar 55 per cent, and Ranga Reddy 54 per cent.

None of the irrigation projects has received any significant inflow except Tungabhadra dam which, however, is now getting 22,112 cusecs. The reservoir of Srisailam dam was getting only about 1,000 cusecs.

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