Jharkhand government on 12 January 2016 decided to add the ongoing crisis of drinking water in the list of special local disasters of the State.
The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting and will cover those districts where the rainfalls have been less than 75 percent of the normal or where the groundwater level has gone below by four meters or more.
As per the decision, the state will spend 10 percent of the state disaster relief funds in those areas to fight the crisis of drinking water.
Jharkhand has been facing drought like situation and receiving less than normal rainfall for last three years and before that, it has faced drought two years from 2009 to 2011.
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When: 12 January 2016