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Reservoirs Drying In Odisha This Monsoon
Drying Reservoirs Ring Drought Bells In Odisha

Even as Odisha continues to face a possible drought threat due to acute rainfall deficiency this monsoon season, the situation has catapulted a serious drying up of reservoirs in the State.

Odisha Records Deficit Rainfall In 24 Dists, Low Pressure Likely After Aug 15

Odisha has been hit by the deficit rainfall in the last 2 months, particularly in the month of August. At leaset 24 districts have been affected by this, informed the IMD on Thursday

Drought Fear Looms Large In 21 Odisha Districts: Dry Spell To Continue Till Aug 16

While nine districts in Odisha have received normal rainfall, below-average rainfall has been reported in 21 districts so far.

Drought Threat Hovers Over Odisha Amid Flood Situation In Many States

Bhubaneswar: At a time when several States in India are battling the flood havoc, Odisha seems to be in the grip of a possible drought situation as a result of scanty rainfall this monsoon. A recent report by the Met Centre reveals that 11 districts of the State have witnessed deficit rainfall during monsoon period […]

Op-Ed: Spectre Of Drought Hovering Over Odisha

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The spectre of a drought has begun to haunt the state with a large number of districts experiencing less than normal rainfall. As many as 21 out the total 30 districts have witnessed deficient rainfall, triggering all round concern. Even in ‘normal’ districts there are pockets of deficiency because of uneven […]

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Rainfall To Increase In Odisha From July 24

Bhubaneswar: Farmers across Odisha are facing a hard time as inadequate rainfall has majorly affected farming in many areas leading to a drought-like situation. However, as per the Regional Meteorological Department in Bhubaneswar, the current situation may change in next 2 to 3 days as rainfall is expected to increase from July 24 due to […]

BJD candidate Naba Das lures voters with fake drought assistance

Sambalpur: In a blatant breach of code of conduct, BJD candidate Naba Das was spotted luring voters during an election rally in Kuchinda area of Sambalpur today. In a video, Das is heard assuring allotment of two houses to Self Help Groups (SHGs) and financial assistance to farmers by announcing drought even if there was […]

Drought threat looms large over western Odisha

Bhubaneswar: While Odisha may have registered a healthy 12.9 percent surplus rainfall this monsoon season, drought threat looms large over a significant portion of western Odisha. Bargarh, which is also known as the ‘Rice bowl of Odisha,’ along with areas of Sambalpur, Nuapada and Sundergarh have been badly affected by deficit rainfall this monsoon season. […]

Farmers take to streets demanding drought-hit status for Kuchinda

Sambalpur: Government works in Kuchinda block of the district came to a grinding halt today as residents of the area staged protests demanding drought-hit status for the sub-division. Hundreds of farmers and other locals led by BJP MLA Rabi Naik stormed the streets by taking out rallies and raised slogans against the ruling-BJD government. Farmers […]

Govt waives off admission, tuition fees for students in drought-hit districts

Bhubaneswar: Students pursuing higher education in drought-hit areas of the State will not have to pay admission and tuition fees as the State government has decided to waive off the fees in all non-Government aided colleges of 15 drought-hit districts affected this Khariff season. As per a government notification, students of non-government aided colleges of […]

Odisha begins agriculture input subsidy disbursal among drought-hit farmers

Bhubaneswar: With the drought condition in 14 districts of the State turns acute, the State government has started process for disbursal of agriculture input subsidy among farmers who have sustained crop loss of 33 per cent and above. The agriculture input subsidy disbursal process has already begun and concerned district collectors have been asked to […]

Odisha farmer commits suicide
Bargarh witnesses second farmer suicide in a week

Bargarh: In a span of only five days, another farmer committed suicide in the district allegedly due to crop loss in Tora village under Sadar block here on Monday. On Wednesday, another farmer had killed himself. In the latest incident, family sources said, farmer Akshya Dharei had cultivated paddy over nine acres of his land. […]

70 blocks of 15 districts ‘affected by drought’ in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty today informed that 3.15 lakh hectares land in 70 blocks of 15 districts across the Odisha are affected by drought. Of the 15 districts, Bolangir, Bargarh, Dhenkanal, Boudh and Nuapada are most affected with Bolangir topping the list with 14 blocks followed by Bargarh with 10 blocks, the Minister informed. […]

98 bonded labourers from Bolangir rescued

Bolangir: As many as 98 bonded labourers, including 18 children were rescued by police today at Kantabanji railway station in Bolangir. Eleven persons working as middlemen were also detained by the police. “50 male, 20 female and 18 children being trafficked to brick kilns in Hyderabad, Chirlapalli, Kunoor in Andhra Pradesh were rescued,” said Kantabanji […]

Drought scare: 11 districts affected due to scanty rainfall

Bhubaneswar: Eleven districts in Odisha have been affected due to scanty rainfall between June and September this year, informed Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty in a high level review meeting on drought situation chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today. Patnaik has instructed all district collectors to submit panchayatwari report on amount of […]

Dry spell forces farmers to become migrant workers

Bolangir: Farmers in the district are a worried lot due to the drought-like situation following scanty rainfall and have started working as migrant labourers to eke out a living. Gajindra, a Lakhapali resident, said, “If I move outside the State and work as a migrant labourer, I will earn some money. Otherwise, me and my […]

Areas with less than 50% rains to be declared ‘dry spell regions’

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government will no more wait for the crop cutting report before declaring a region drought-affected. The areas that record 50 percent less rainfall than normal for three consecutive weeks will be declared as ‘dry spell regions’, informed Revenue and Disaster Management Minister, Maheswar Mohanty on Friday. “An improvement in the drought situation was […]

Minister warns of possible drought in many districts of state

Bhubaneswar: A possible drought like situation cannot be ruled out if several pockets of Odisha do not receive adequate rainfall in next couple of days. Moreover, Odisha government is closely monitoring the situation while alternative arrangements are being made to protect the standing crops in 30 blocks of 14 districts, said Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty […]

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No drought-like situation in State: Govt

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today set aside the allegations of drought-like situation in State even as Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) claimed several areas received scanty rainfall this year. Speaking on the adjournment motion moved by the Congress, Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty said the State registered 9.9 per cent less rainfall than normal by September 13 […]

Drought spectre looms over Western Odisha due to scanty rains

Bolangir: Deficient rainfall and absence of irrigation facilities have dampened the hope of farmers for bumper harvest this year in State especially in western pockets. As per a report of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), ten districts of Odisha registered 19 to 39 per cent less rainfall than the normal between June and August. In […]

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Low on stocks, government to begin wheat procurement in active mode

New Delhi: The Union government is set to begin procuring wheat from farmers in an “active” mode as stocks with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) have plummeted to 6.5 million tonnes — less than half the average maintained — due to the drought in the 2015-16 season. Food Ministry officials said the procurement process will […]

Odisha to maximise irrigation potential: Chief Secy

Bhubaneswar: To optimise agriculture productivity in the state, the Odisha government will maximise irrigation potential. A decision to this effect was taken at the third Agriculture Cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here today. Briefing media persons after the meeting, chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said as per […]

Drought-hit farmers of 3 Odisha districts get assistance

Bhubaneswar: Drought-affected farmers of three districts in Odisha were today given special monetary assistance of Rs 100 per quintal of paddy as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik kicked off the e-transfer system. The compensation amount will be directly credited to the bank account of the farmers whose crops were destroyed due to drought in the 2015 […]

As monsoon abates, drought manifests in 5 Odisha districts

Bhubaneswar: With monsoons receding, the spectre of drought is looming over many parts of Western Odisha. Farming is visibly affected by scanty rainfall in as many as 5 districts. Anticipating a drought-like situation, the State government has started collecting data in Deogarh, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Jharsuguda and Bolangir. The aforementioned districts have received the less than […]

9 months after drought declaration, 53% farmers yet to get input subsidy

Bhubaneswar: Even as nine months have passed since 27 districts of Odisha were declared drought-hit, the State government is yet to disburse agriculture input subsidy to around 53% of farmers in these districts. Shockingly, only 2% of the drought-affected farmers in Nayagarh district have received the government assistance till date. At 5%, the fate of […]