Letter By The District Collector To The Chief Secretary Of The State in respect to the drought situation prevailing in the district and the remedial measures taken to control the same :
The Chief Secretary,
Govt of State Of Gujarat.
Sub : havoc caused by the drought in the district of JunagarTh
Our district has been suffering from the shortage of rains regularLy for the last three years. Due to scanty rainfall, the water level in the entire district has gone down tremendously. Without water in the wells and with no rainfall, all the crops have dried up thus causing huge loss to the farming community in particular. Here, most of the agriculture depends mainly on rainfalls. The canals and ponds in the area have also dried up completely. An actue shortage of water is being faced. Cattle are either sold by the farmers or left to die becase of the shortage of water and fodder. The cost of fodder has shot up tremendously. This drought has so far claimed 120 lives of cattle and affected more than 600 villages of the district with a population of around 3 millions.
NO RAINS and shortage of water has created famine like conditions. THe drought has rendered lacs of villagers jobless. The dead-bodies of animals arr stinking in the fields and creating a health hazard. The danger of spreading of an epidemic is imminent.
I have visited almost all the affected villages. I found the situation very alarming. We are arranging fodder from the near-by state. Water is being supplied in tankers from the city area. Loans are being distributed to the farmers to arrange for the deepening and electrification of wells. The CMHO is instructed to check the spread of any disease. Free dry wood is being made available to facilitae the cremation of dead animals.
We have also taken assistance of voluntary organizations, NGOs and other generous people to help the affected people.
Although, the situation is under control, yet lot of fund is needed to provide remedial help to the affected people. We need at least 150 crore rupees to begin the relief work in a proper manner.
Please arrange the necessary funds so that the situation caused due to the drought may be checked effectively.
Letter By The District Collector To The Chief Secretary
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