Monsoon in India: What’s the current situation? Find out here

By: | Updated: July 11, 2016 7:33 AM

With the country receiving more than normal showers during last ten days, pan-India monsoon rains are now at the normal level, defined long period average (LPA).

Monsoon, 7th Pay CommissionThe overall situation is expected to improve further as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicting more rains across north, east and central India during the next few days. (Reuters)

With  the country receiving more than normal showers during last ten days, pan-India monsoon rains are now at the normal level, defined long period average (LPA).

The overall situation is expected to improve further as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicting more rains across north, east and central India during the next few days .

According to the IMD, the quantum of rainfall during June 1-July 9 was more than 242 mm, which is on par with the LPA. Till now, 26% of the country’s area has got ‘excess’ rainfall while 63% has received ‘normal’ rainfall. Only 11% of the area has received deficient rainfall.

With the exception of Saurashtra, Kutch and Gujarat regions, where rainfall has been ‘deficient’, most of the regions across the country has so far received ‘normal’ or ‘excess’ monsoon rainfall.

The met department on Sunday said “conditions are favourable for further advance of the southwest monsoon into remaining parts of Kutch and west Rajasthan during next 48 hours”. “Heavy to very heavy rain occurred at places over West Bengal,  Konkan, Goa, madhya Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh,  Chhattisgarh,  Telangana and Karnataka in the last 24 hours,” the IMD said.

According to the ministry of agriculture data released last week, kharif sowing so far has been around 6% less than the year-ago period. Thanks to above-normal monsoon rainfall in key rice-growing areas of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Chhattisgarh, rice sowing has crossed the previous year’s area by close to 6% till now.

However, because of deficient rainfall, overall oilseeds sowing is down 18% to 82.28 lakh ha.

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