Pick-up in monsoon to narrow pan-India deficit

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New Delhi | Published: July 20, 2015 12:24:15 AM

The nation-wide monsoon deficit reported till Sunday has not impacted kharif sowing

The widespread monsoon showers over Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and the North-Eastern states on Sunday are expected to somewhat make up for the pan-India rain deficiency, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and private weather forecasting agency Skymet have said.

The 8% nation-wide deficiency in monsoon reported till Sunday against the normal benchmark has not impacted kharif sowing activities.

“South interior part of the Karnataka is likely to improve its rainfall figures soon. The ongoing rain showers over coastal Karnataka may bring down the deficit and the reason for the deficit being observed in most parts of the state is subdued rainfall activity in July,” Skymet said in its weather bulletin.

According to IMD, the quantum of average monsoon rainfall across the country during June 1-July 19 has been 311.7 millimetres (mm) which is 8% less than the the benchmark of 338.4 mm arrived on the basis of a 50-year average.

The northwest region consisting of kharif crop-producing states such as Punjab, Haryana, Western UP and Rajasthan have received 10% excess rainfall over the benchmark while rainfall in central India continues to be grim with 16% less rainfall than normal. While the southern peninsula has 13% less rainfall than normal so far, the eastern and northeastern regions have received 6% less rainfall than normal.

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