Experts believe that rainfall deficit is just one of many reasons behind the depletion of groundwater levels in Malnad and Coastal Karnataka, where water was easily available in the past. Deforestation, concretisation, over-exploitation of groundwater for agriculture and poor rainwater harvesting systems are equal culprits. As a result, even places which have seen an increase in rainfall are also facing a water crisis. As against the 7,565 mm annual rainfall, Agumbe received just 3,695 mm of rainfall in 2020 (a 51 per cent deficit). In 2021, the region had a 45 per cent deficit of rainfall and in 2022, a 38 per cent deficit.
‘Even rains don’t help’: Groundwater crisis acute in Karnataka
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