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PTI (2006.3.16): 56 tehsils in Uttaranchal declared drought-affected areas

The question is with so many dams coming up, how will the balance of supply affect residents of the state?

Dehra Dun: Fifty-six tehsils across 11 districts in Uttaranchal have been declared drought-hit areas. even as the state government asked the Centre to send a team to assess the situation.

“We have declared 56 tehsil as drought-affected areas,” said M C Joshi, Additional Secretary (Disaster Management) said today.

Chief Minister N D Tiwari has instructed all senior officials to provide immediate relief to the affected people. He has also spoken to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in this regard.

Joshi said the government was preparing a memorandum to be submitted to the Centre regarding the details of the drought-situation in the state.

He said that Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar, main areas of agriculture, have not been affected by drought-like conditions.

Joshi said all departments as well as district collectors have been asked to send report on the drought situation.