India says one fourth of population drought-hit amid heat wave toll crosses 600

NEW DELHI, May 10 (KUNA) — Indian government on Tuesday announced that the one fourth of the population are under the threat of drought and scarcity of drinking water as it said that more than 100 thousand villages in 313 districts of 13 states are hit by drought.
Rural Development Minister Birender Singh told the parliament (Lok Sabha) citing statistics that it appeared that nearly 25 percent of the population are suffering due to drought. Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding emergency meetings with the Chief Ministers and other high level officials of the drought hit states including Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
PM Modi urged the officials to take all necessary steps and measures to protect the people in the affected states while pledging to allocate funds to handle the situation arising out of droughts and lack of drinking water and compensation for the affected farmers.
In a related development, the death toll due to the ongoing heat wave that hit a number of Indian states has crossed 600 people.
Local media reports said that Telangana registered 260 causalities, Andhra Pradesh 169, Odisha 174, Kerala 10 and Karnataka four during the last two months. (end) atk.ibi

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