Mumbai: Out of the 355 talukas in Maharashtra, 112 talukas reel under severe drought, while 39 talukas experience medium drought, the state government declared on Wednesday, as Devendra Fadnavis government marked four years of governance. The Chief Minister reportedly said, “It is a formidable challenge as we are heading for a severe drought in Maharashtra. Poor rain coupled with a long dry spell leading to crop losses adversely impacted 151 talukas in the state. Of which 112 are under severe drought category.” Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 8, Positive Cases Cross 200

The Maharashtra government has scaled up the drought-mitigation measures from October 31. Relief measures such as deploying water tankers, providing employment opportunities to the villagers and electricity and education fee waiver will continue to exist for the next six months till April. According to a report by The Indian Express, officials have received directives which expects them to not relax the relief measures offered to the drought-hit talukas. Also Read - Lockdown: Maharashtra Govt to Take Care of Migrant Workers, Provide Them Basic Necessities

As per a report, the following list shows districts along with the number of talukas that are declared as severely affected by drought: Sangli (5), Solapur (9), Satara (1), Dhule (2), Palghar (3), Jalgaon (13), Nandurbar (3), Nashik (4), Ahmednagar (11), Aurangabad (9), Beed (11), Jalna (7), Nanded (2), Osmanabad (7), Parbhani (6), Hingoli (2), Amravati (1), Buldhana (7), Yavatmal (6), Nagpur (2) and Chandrapur (1).

The districts along with talukas which were placed under medium drought category were reported to be Pune (7), Satara (2), Dhule (1), Nashik (4), Nanded (1), Hingoli (1), Amravati (4), Buldhana (1), Washim (1), Yavatmal (3), Akola (5), Nandurbar (1), Latur (1), Chandrapur (4), Nagpur (1), Wardha (2).

A relief and rehabilitation department official told The Indian Express, “Ideally, drought is declared only after the rabi season in December-end or January. But the government decided to acknowledge the current situation and rush relief measures.” The state government had earlier announced 182 talukas as drought-prone.