29% deficiency in monsoon rainfall in Kerala

With 29.1 per cent deficiency in rainfall during the current monsoon in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the assembly that the government was committed to step up water conservation measures to tide over the impending water shortage situation.

Indicating that power production also would be affected due to fall in rainfall, Vijayan said the shortage was 36 per cent in Idukki, 59 per cent in Waynad and 35 per cent in Thiruvananthapuram, where major hydel power projects were situated.

“A shortage of 29.1 per cent is recorded in rain between June one to August 16,” Vijayan said while making a statement under rule 300 in the House.

The hydel power reservoirs in the state have only 36 per cent water, he said.

In August, the rainfall was less by 20 to 30 per cent than the normal. The crisis will aggravate if the state do not get rain in the September, Vijayan said.

Monsoon rain was less in Kerala for the past seven years and during these periods, rain was also below normal during North-Eastern monsoon seasons, he pointed out.

(Agencies)

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