18 per cent water left in dams; 8.5 lakh cattle in fodder camps
Drought has intensified in Maharashtra with just 18.51 per cent live storage left in dams,
8.5 lakh livestock in fodder camps and 12,000 villages and hamlets depending on water tankers.
An estimated 82 lakh farmers are affected by the drought.
3,267 major, medium and minor dams in the State have just 18.51 per cent live storage compared to 29.95 per cent on the same date last year.
18 major projects in the State don’t have live storage.
Nashik division is also facing a water crisis with 17.62 per cent water storage left in dams compared to 30.81 per cent last year.
The sugar-rich Pune region has 21.43 per cent water stock compared to 33.87 per cent water on the same day last year.
Nearly 4,774 water tankers are plying in the State whereas during the same time last year 937 tankers were deployed to quench the thirst of villagers.
1,264 fodder camps across the State have sheltered 8.5 lakh cattle and demands for more fodder camps are pouring in from the Marathwada region.
The severity of the drought is more in Maharashtra, with 85.76 lakh hectares affected, which is 44 per cent of the total affected area in the country.
All major crops, including maize, soya, cotton, mosambi, pulses and groundnuts have suffered due to poor rainfall.