First time in six years Karnataka has been declared drought-free. The incessant rains in the state have made sure that the drought condition prevalent from 2011 doesn't prevail this year.
On records, the monsoon has come to an end, but still, it is expected to rain one more week in the state. In a way, this is also a relief for Siddaramaiah government as they do not have to get the criticism for failure in drought management this year.
However, delay in a heavy downpour has affected the crops. Thus the production might not be as expected this year.
The state has received 750 mm rainfall as against the expectation of 826 mm rainfall in these four months. But as the rainfall was not spread across the state, 10 to 15 taluks have received deficit rainfall. However, as it is expected to rain for some more days, this deficit is also expected to be taken care of.
Higher sources from the government have clarified that there is no need to declare any taluk as drought-hit this year.
The state was declared drought-hit in 2011. Since then at least 150 taluks experienced severe water crisis. This situation recurred for six years. Even last year 160 taluks were declared drought-hit.
This year, except for three taluks, other regions have received a good amount of rainfall. In fact, the state received 34 percent additional rainfall than expected to make up for the deficit rainfall in the previous months.