After good rains, monsoon deficit drops to 6%
The countrywide monsoon deficit has drastically reduced by five percentage points on the back of plentiful rains in the first three days of July.The overall monsoon shortfall on Sunday was just 6%, down from 11% at the end of June.
July has so far received an average of 33.2mm rainfall across the country, 29% above normal for these three days -mainly on account of widespread showers in northwestnd central India, where monsoon activity is currently concentrated.
The Met office said the southwest monsoon progressed further on Sunday into the whole of Haryana and Punjab, and more parts of Gujarat and east Rajasthan. The wind system is expected to cover the entire country in the next 48 hours, it added. But the rainfall deficien cy in east and northeast India has gone up to 28 per cent as the region has received only 274 mm of rainfall as against 381 mm, which is the normal limit, they said.
In what should boost kharif sowing activity, both northwest and central India have received well distributed and plentiful rainfall in the past three days. Northwest India, which includes the crucial agricultural belt of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, is now 11% rain surplus for the season. The region had a slight monsoon deficit at the end of June, particularly Haryana where the shortfall was 25%.
The deficit in central India, too, has fallen to 7%, with all subdivisions with the exception of Gujarat, Saurashtra & Kutch and east MP, receiving normal rains.
IMD had predicted a pickup in monsoon in July and expects the month to receive rainfall in the range of 107% of the long term average.Agriculturally, July is the most crucial month of the monsoon season, with most farmers beginning kharif sowing. As per the IMD predictions, all parts of the country are expected to receive good rainfall through the season with the exception of east and northeast India and parts of Tamil Nadu.
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