Drought | India

60% of districts in India cannot stand drought, says the study

Using data based on remote sensing from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer sensor, the two members prepared a high-resolution ecosystem resilience map of India from 2000 to 2014 and found that only 241 of the 634 districts, or 38%, were resilient to droughts.

During the study period, 68% of the area was unable to support vegetation in a drought year. Of the 30 states and Union territories considered for the analysis, only 10 showed more than 50% resilience. While Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh had no resilient district, all four districts in Sikkim were found resilient. A resilient ecosystem can absorb hydro-climatic disturbances such as drought by increasing or maintaining its efficiency to use water that helps in sustaining its productivity.

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Source: hindustan times

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