News By/Courtesy: Ambuja Jain | 22 May 2019 23:49pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data, pre-monsoon rainfall from March to May, which is vital to agriculture in several parts of the country has recorded a deficiency of 22%.
  • The department also recorded a deficiency of 27 percent from March 1 to April 24.
  • The South Peninsula, one of the four meteorological divisions of the IMD, which comprises all the southern states have recorded pre-monsoon deficiency of 46 percent, which is the highest in country

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data, pre-monsoon rainfall from March to May, which is a phenomenon vital to agriculture in several parts of the country has recorded a deficiency of 22 percent.  The IMD recorded 75.9 millimetres of rainfall from March 1 to May 15 against the rainfall of 96.8 millimetres, which is 22 percent less than the last time normal rainfall. The department also recorded a deficiency of 27 percent from March 1 to April 24. Though, the deficiency this week seems to have fallen over the fortnight due to rains over east and northeast India. Whereas, the southwest monsoon has advanced into the South Andaman Sea and conditions are favourable for it to reach the North Andaman Sea and the Andaman Islands in the next two to three days.

The South Peninsula, one of the four meteorological divisions of the IMD, which comprises all the southern states have recorded pre-monsoon deficiency of 46 percent, which is the highest in the country. It is further followed by 36 percent in the northwest subdivision that covers all the North Indian states, though it was 38 percent from March 1 to April 24, has dropped by 2 percent due to rainfall across several parts.  In eastern states of the country like Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, and northeastern states have recorded the deficiency of 7 percent. There was no deficiency in the central region of the country which comprises states of Goa, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh. IMD’s data shows the highest deficiency in Maharashtra.

However, the central division has recorded five percent than normal pre-monsoon rainfall from March 1 to April 24. The Marathwada region of Maharashtra has also been witnessing intense heat waves and several dams in this region have reached zero storage level.  Pre-monsoon rainfall is very important for horticulture crops in some parts of the country. As in states like Odisha, ploughing is done in the pre-monsoon season, whereas in parts of northeast India and the Western Ghats pre-monsoon is critical for plantation of crops. Otherwise, there will be ‘moisture stress’ in case of a deficit.

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 22 May 2019 23:52pm IST


Tags : #Monsoon #Rain #Disappointment #Less #Least #IMD

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