India prays for rain as water wars break out – Mail & Guardian Online: The smart news source

India’s vast farming economy is on the verge of a major crisis. The lack of rain has hit the northern part of the country worst, but even in Mumbai, which has experienced some heavy rainfall and flooding, authorities were forced to cut the water supply by 30% last week as water levels in the lakes serving the city ran perilously low.

Across the country, from Gujarat to Hyderabad, in Andhra Pradesh, the state that claims to be ‘the rice-bowl of India’, special services have been held to pray for more rain after cumulative monsoon season figures fell 43% below average.

On Friday, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said the country was facing a drought-like situation which was a “matter for concern”, with serious problems developing in states such as Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

via India prays for rain as water wars break out – Mail & Guardian Online: The smart news source.

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