180 out of 350 tehsils in Maharashtra have been declared drought-hit, meaning almost half of the state is affected. Farmers came to Mumbai seeking relief from the disaster, and want the state to be declared drought-hit.
This year, Maharashtra received only 77% of its average rainfall.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said steps are being taken to ensure farmers get relief.
Facing crisis, government says everything will be done for farmers
On the situation, Public Works Department Minister Eknath Shinde said the government is committed to working for farmers. "Be it water, fodder for animals, water tankers, etc. everything will be provided," he said.
Meanwhile, Fadnavis said the government will publish a Government Resolution (GR) which will ensure concerned departments act swiftly and tackle the situation.
"There is definitely a drought-like situation," he said.