1. Monsoon slows down, rains 3% below normal

Monsoon slows down, rains 3% below normal

Agriculture ministry data last week showed kharif sowing has been reported in 44.51 million hectares of agricultural land

By: | New Delhi | Published: July 15, 2015 1:25 AM

The monsoon, after remaining active over northern India last week, has slowed down in the last couple of days.

Private weather forecaster Skyment on Tuesday said that the monsoon will continue to remain weak for the next couple of days. “With the monsoon trough shifting closer to the foothills, we can expect light rain activity all along the foothills.

Isolated heavy rains are expected over parts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Light to moderate rain is also expected over parts of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh due to the trough,” Skymet said in its latest weather bulletin.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the quantum of average monsoon rainfall across the country during June 1 – July 13 has been 270.9 millimetres (mm) which is 3% less than the the benchmark of 280 mm arrived at on the basis of a 50-year average shower.

On the regional distribution, the northwest region has received a huge 26% excess rainfall over the normal benchmark while central India has received 8% less rainfall than normal. While the southern peninsula has received 12% less rainfall than normal so far, the eastern and northeastern regions have received 7% less rainfall than normal.

Agriculture ministry data last week showed that the kharif sowing has been reported in 44.51 million hectares of agricultural land, which is close to 62% more, than the area covered during the corresponding period in 2014.

But Skymet said while the monsoon was at its peak, ironically it remains weak in many parts of Maharashtra.

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