"There is 24% of the full reservoir level and priority is being given for drinking water. Water is being supplied through tankers in 400 villages," the state said in its memorandum.
Even during the Kharif season of this year, the state had declared drought in 27 districts due to 20% deficiency in south west monsoon rainfall. The Centre had sanctioned a relief of Rs 1,510 crore to save Kharif crops.
North interior Karnataka comprises districts of Belgaum, Bidar, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Haveri, Gadag, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Koppal, Bellary and Raichur. This is an arid zone and receives only 711 mm of average rainfall per annum.
A total of 10 states have been declared drought-affected in the country during Kharif season of 2015-16. The Centre had sanctioned over Rs 12,000 crore as relief package to these states.
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