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India staring at drought, says PM

Last updated on: August 18, 2009 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday that the country was facing a drought threat. India's vital monsoon rains have been 29 per cent below normal since the beginning of the June-September season, hurting crops such as rice and sugarcane and triggering a sharp rise in food prices.

Prime Minister also urged all states to create their own action plans regarding forest and wildlife management.

Source: ANI