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Usable groundwater depleting in east India despite increasing rainfall, finds study

Updated : March 27, 2019 04:11 PM IST

A study estimating total usable groundwater storage in India reveals high rates of depletion of groundwater storage in north-east India (Assam), despite an increase in rainfall.
Researchers warn of impending droughts and famines in flood-prone Assam linked to the overexploitation of usable groundwater stock by pumping for irrigation.
Estimates show rapid exhaustion of usable groundwater storage during the study period (2003-2015) in Assam, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
Usable groundwater depleting in east India despite increasing rainfall, finds study

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