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Drought threat looms over Belgaum

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Source The Hindu
The threat of a fresh spell of drought looms large over Belgaum district, owing to erratic and insufficient rainfall.

If there is no rainfall for another fortnight, 94 villages in Athani and Ramdurg taluks may have to supplied water through tankers.

The district administration is gearing up to face any such eventuality and has directed officials to be take steps to tackle any crisis. Deputy Commissioner G. Ravishankar held a meeting with district-level officials on Wednesday.

According to official sources here on Thursday, the district administration’s immediate concern is to arrange drinking water supply in villages and fodder for cattle in the event of any natural calamity. A warning has been issued to ensure that locally available fodder is not transported to other States.

The district administration has decided to set up control rooms for the convenience of people in rural areas.

Poor rainfall has also affected sowing operations.

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