Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh declare drought in 52 districts
So far in Chhattisgarh, 96 tehsils in 21 districts have been declared drought-hit.
In MP, 133 tehsils in 18 districts.
In Rajasthan, 41 tehsils in 13 districts.
For the Kharif season, states may declare drought in any part till October 30.
These three states sought a combined financial assistance of Rs 11,186 crore, under consideration of the Centre.
Of this, MP sought Rs 3,706 crore, Rajasthan Rs 3,078 crore and Chhattisgarh Rs 4,401 crore.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) said this was due to Pacific cyclones over the Bay of Bengal pulling the monsoon current there, leading to the disappearance of rain over central and northern India.
IMD had earlier predicted the rains to be normal in August (at 99 per cent of the LPA) and in September, within a specified error range.
Actual rain in August was about four per cent less than normal; in September, almost 12 per cent less.