India is presently experiencing the worst drought of the decade. The killer heat wave is leaving the country reeling from the worst drought in decades and a rural population struggling to survive.
Relief is due with the arrival of the monsoon in mid-June and because of the impending La Nina weather pattern, the forecast is for above-average rainfall.
However WaterAid India’s Head of Policy, Nitya Jacob said that groundwater levels are so depleted that even if a good monsoon comes in June and meteorologists predict there will be one that ends the drought, it won’t be enough. “Even if the monsoon is good, it cannot compensate,” Jacob told CNN.
Central Water Commission data shows that India’s major reservoirs are 79% empty and 75% of India’s basins are holding less water than the 10-year average.
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CNN Meteorologist, Michael Guy said that, this is usually the hottest time for the subcontinent but this year has seen an unprecedented spike in temperatures. Guy also said, India is currently in their summer or pre-monsoon season, which lasts from April to late May, or early June”.
He added that, “This year we’ve seen temperatures range from the lower 40s to as high as 47˚C or 116˚Fahrenheit. For some, this is three to five degrees (Celsius) above normal”.