Low rainfall in July may hit standing crop

Written by ASHOK B SHARMA | New Delhi, Jul 22 | Updated: Jul 23 2007, 05:21am hrs
The days of heavy showers in July, the wettest month every year, are numbered. The Indian monsoon has entered a period of temporary crisis since the last week.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the rainfall all over the country in the week-ended July 18 was 25% less, with 13 out of 36 meteorological sub-divisions experiencing deficient rainfall and nine scanty rainfall. The northern, western and central parts of the country and a part of peninsular India saw low rainfall during the week.

IMD director M Rajeevan said, The monsoon will remain subdued for the remaining days of the month, unless a miracle happens. There may be scattered rainfall in different places and not heavy rainfall in areas where monsoon system is subdued, he said.

The rainfall in July is crucial for agriculture as it receives the maximum amount of rainfall in this month.