Monsoon Shows Signs Of Revival

New Delhi, Aug 30: | Updated: Aug 31 2002, 05:30am hrs
The monsoon has improved marginally. The deficiency in the cumulative average rainfall in the season over the country improved by 3 per cent by the week ended August 28.

In the previous week ending August 21, the cumulative rainfall deficiency stood at 24 per cent, it improved to 21 per cent this week. The country so far has received 565.6mm rains in the monsoon as against 715.6mm, the normal for the period.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), as many as 16 out of 36 Met sub-divisions received deficient rainfall and three scanty rainfall. Out of 523 Met districts, 265 have received deficient rainfall and 86 scanty rainfall. These districts with deficient and scanty rainfall are even found in those Met sub-divisions which have received normal to excess rains.

The cumulative rainfall is scanty (below 59 per cent) in Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi. Cumulative rainfall still remains deficient in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, west Madhya Pradesh, east Gujarat, including Daman and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, coastal Karnataka, Kerala, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, Lakshadweep and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Besides, there are 11 Met sub-divisions where the cumulative rainfall is below their long period average value. u

These are Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura; Assam & Meghalaya; Jharkhand; east MP; Saurashtra, Kutch & Diu; central Maharashtra; Konkan & Goa; Telangana; north interior Karnataka; coastal AP and Rayalaseema.

It is pertinent to note that despite excess rains in Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana and normal rains in Punjab, Uttaranchal, West MP, Chhattisgarh, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Kokan & Goa in the last week, the cumulative rainfall in these regions still remain deficient.