Monsoon rainfall 9% below normal

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New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2015 11:15:00 AM

While regions such as Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Karnataka saw heavy rainfall activities during the last 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department...

Delhi rainsIMD said the quantum of average monsoon rainfall across India between June 1-August 9 was 489 mm, or 9% less than the benchmark of 535 mm arrived at on the basis of a 50-year average shower. (Reuters)

While regions such as Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Karnataka saw heavy rainfall activities during the last 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and private weather forecaster Skymet on Sunday said monsoon activity will pick up pace across the country in the next few days.

“Heavy rainfall would occur over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Odisha, Uttarakhand, east Uttar Pradesh and other regions during the next couple of days,” IMD said in its latest weather bulletin.

Skymet said there is a western disturbance over northwest Pakistan and its adjoining areas, and a cyclonic circulation is prevailing over Punjab and its neighbouring areas. “A cyclonic circulation also seen over north Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and neighbouring areas,” it said. However, overall rainfall received since the onset of the monsoon over Kerala at the beginning of June continue to be in the ‘below normal’ category.

IMD said the quantum of average monsoon rainfall across India between June 1-August 9 was 489 mm, or 9% less than the benchmark of 535 mm arrived at on the basis of a 50-year average shower.

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