A report by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, government of India, has revealed that the seven Indian states witnessed decrease in the annual rainfall pattern in the last 30 years. The report ‘Observed Rainfall Variability and Changes’ was released by the ministry to the parliament panel.

It highlighted that seven Indian states falling in the Ganga basin have witnessed significant decrease in the rainfall trends and increase in the number of dry days during the monsoon season between 1989-2018.

These seven states include, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland. The aforementioned states witnessed decrease in the rainfall pattern, which thereby increased the number of dry days during the monsoon period.

The Ministry collected the data by analyzing the rainfall distribution pattern of 28 states in the time span of 30 years

“It could be attributed to climate change. Global warming is happening and it has impacted the climate in India as well. As a result many parts of the country have seen decreasing trends while others witnessed increasing trends,” said MoES secretary, Madhav Rajeevan, speaking to The Times of India.

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