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The paradoxical drought witnessed by Cherrapunjee, the world’s wettest place, during the lean period can be eased by harvesting of rainwater, father of the green revolution Professor M S Swaminathan said. Expressing concern over the prevalence of “wet drought” in Cherrapunjee, now called Sohra, Swaminathan said urgent steps are required for storing the rainwater received during the monsoons. “Every year between December and May, the 10,000 people living in Sohra experience a ‘wet drought’ as the natural springs which are the main source of drinking water dry up completely during this time,” he pointed out during the course of a public lecture at the ongoing Indian Science Congress at the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) premises in Shillong. Read more at http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/015200901051316.htm

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