Monsoon deficit comes down to 14%

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New Delhi | Published: September 21, 2015 12:24:31 AM

Widespread rains in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in the last couple of days have brought down the overall monsoon deficit to 14% of the benchmark long-period average...

Widespread rains in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in the last couple of days have brought down the overall monsoon deficit to 14% of the benchmark long-period average (LPA) from 16% reported a week ago.

With the IMD predicting rainfall over north-west and eastern regions during the next few days, the overall deficiency in the monsoon is expected to decline further.

“Heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at West Bengal, Bihar,  Jammu & Kashmir, Assam,  west Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, west Rajasthan and east Rajasthan over the next couple of days,” IMD said in its latest bulletin.

Private weather forecaster Skymet in a statement said that during the next two to three days, fairly widespread rain is expected over most parts of Northwest India. “This rainfall episode may be the last spell of monsoon rains. The upcoming spell will give relief to residents, but it may not be able to improve the rainfall deficiency,” said the statement.

The quantum of average monsoon across the country during June 1-September 20 has been 718 mm which is 14% less than the LPA of 839 mm.

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