India received normal rainfall at 647.5 mm during 1 June to 24 August 2016, with a deviation of two per cent below the long period average (LPA), says the Indian Metorological Department (IMD). About 84 per cent of the country received normal to excess rainfall. While 16 per cent of the country reported deficient rainfall as against 11 per cent by 17 August 2016. While the southern peninsula has recorded below normal rainfall at 68 per cent and east and north east India has a higher deficit of 22 per cent against. The sub-divisions of west Madhya Pradesh (MP) and east MP in the central India region continued to receive excess rainfall cumulatively at 41 per cent and 33 per cent above LPA, respectively. On the other hand, Gujarat region and Saurashtra & Kutch sub-divisions recorded deficient rainfall at over 21 per cent below LPA.
All the sub-divisions in the state of Maharashtra, including Marathwada, Vidarbha, Madhya Maharashtra and Konkan & Goa, reported above normal rainfall. While sub-divisions of Odisha and Chhattisgarh received below normal rainfall. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall at isolated places over both these sub-divisions for one or two days between 25-26 August 2016. In north west India, east Rajasthan sub-division received excess rainfall cumulatively, with the highest deviation of 54 per cent above LPA. West Rajasthan sub-division also recorded excess rainfall, on cumulative basis.
The sub-division of west Uttar Pradesh recorded a reduction in the cumulative rainfall due to poor rainfall activity during the previous week. The sub-division has received above normal rainfall at one per cent, while it was seven per cent above LPA as on 17 August 2016. Similarly, east UP received below normal rainfall at four per cent as compared to normal rainfall at par with LPA by last week. In the southern peninsula, the sub-divisions of north interior Karnataka and Rayalaseema continued to receive above normal rainfall at five and 10 per cent, respectively. While deficient rainfall was reported in sub-divisions of Kerala, Coastal Karnataka, A & N Island and Lakshadweep with deviation between 20-30 per cent below LPA.