It will be a tough dry season ahead for large parts of Karnataka, in southern India. A hundred and thirty-five taluks have received less rainfall than normal, classifying them officially as “drought-hit.” Most of these areas are primarily agrarian and crop losses are yet to be estimated.

The failure of monsoon rains is said to be the worst in forty years.

Kodagu is prime catchment area for the Cauvery River which runs through southern Karnataka and is the lifeline for Bangalore, Mysore and all the towns in between. With 31% off the normal precipitation, Kodagu is currently in the orange column: drought-hit. The decreased rainfall in that region directly translates to low levels in reservoirs like Krishnaraja Sagara (KRS), some of which are half-full.

These rains, this water, this flow, has to last the state (which includes the thirsty, energy-hungry, burgeoning Bangalore) till June.

I will soon be walking along the length of three rivers in southern Karnataka as part of the Freshwater Trail on The Peepli Project, reporting on the tugs and pulls on the water in the region.

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