Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has declared a drought-like situation in the state owing to a severe deficiency of rainfall in the region. The announcement was made during a cabinet meeting held recently, in which it also declared to seek relief from the Centre to tackle the worsening situation.
According to an official release issued, rainfall deficit this year has affected crops in over 70 blocks of the state. Villages that have witnessed crop failures ranging between 33% and 50% have been categorised as moderately and severely affected, it said.
Before the cabinet meeting, the chief minister also chaired a high-level emergency with cabinet ministers, MLAs, top officials, deputy commissioners of 16 districts and experts from agricultural institutes to discuss the aggravating situation, it said.
According to the report, the decision was taken based on the physical inspection for ‘ground truthing’ and ground verification through revenue and agriculture department staff. Moreover, there is a rainfall deficit of more than 50% in the state and over 60% in reservoirs’ water levels, it said.
During the meeting, the agriculture department was also directed to issue the drought notification in the state, immediately after which the relief and disaster management department would prepare the memorandum for relief and submit the same to the Centre within a week.
Based on the report, the biggest impact of drought due to shortfall of rainfall has been felt in valley districts, although several hill districts have also got affected in varying degrees.