Yet Another Drought in Thar

MITHI: Deputy Commissioner, Mohammad Nawaz Soho has said that he was in contact with the high-ups of the Sindh government with regard to prevailing drought-like conditions in the desert district due to less rainfall so far.

Mr Soho talking to this reporter informed that during the current monsoon season Chhachhro taluka received 167 mm of rainfall while Diplo and Islamkot talukas 129 and 116 mm of rainfall respectively, whereas, Nagarparkar and Mithi received 96 and 92 mm respectively but Kaloi and Dahli talukas remained dried up since these areas could only got 37 and 28 mm of rains.

Mr Soho said that this year’s monsoon again had so far remained erratic and delayed due to which areas in Dahli and Kaloi were facing drought-like conditions. He hoped that Tharparklar might get more rains from August 20 onward as predicted by various weather websites. The DC said that he would take no time to write high-ups to the Sindh government to declare the district as drought-hit if the desert region did not receive the predicted rainfalls during the last week of August, adding he said that they had enough stock of the fodder to cope with the situations in case of no more rainfall.

The people from different areas, which received good showers in June and then early July said that their crops and fodder were now withering away and feared the worst drought in case of no more within the next few days. They said that tillers, who sowed their traditional crops, were likely to sustain huge losses even in case of delayed rains in their areas.

Here it is pertinent to mention that Thar needs 6 to 7 spells of rainfalls with the interval of ten to fifteen days for the sufficient crop yield and enough fodder for the livestock.

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