Rains are good, but dam levels continue to dip [Security]
After years of drought and wilting farms, the enthusiasm over this year’s good rain is apparent.
However, behind the joy of farmers — for, an additional 13 lakh hectares have been sowed this year around — lies portentous dark clouds: that of a possible “hydrological drought” or a crisis in our river systems.
Though the State has received good rainfall, what is clear is that Malnad and coastal Karnataka have received defi cient rainfall. The State is currently just 6 per cent defi cient — considered normal otherwise — but Malnad region is seeing nearly 25 per cent lower rain.
This is signifi cant considering that most of the State’s big rivers and dams are fed by rain falling in the Western Ghats area.
As a result, water levels in reservoirs on Cauvery, Tungabhadra, and Kali have fallen even when compared to last year, which was considered a drought year.
The rain has been strong in the plains of Karnataka and has been good for agriculture. However, hydrologically it has not been satisfactory as catchment belts have not received water.