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Deficient pre-monsoon rains put almost half of India on drought alert

Deficient pre-monsoon rains put almost half of India on drought alert

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As the new government gets sworn in on Thursday, one of its priorities would be to help states, particularly those in the south, to tackle deep drought.More than 40 per cent of the area of the country may face drought, according to the Drought Early Warning System run by the IIT, Gandhinagar. Of this, nearly half the area is looking at severe to exceptional drought.