New Delhi: Though the country received 16 percent more rainfall than normal in June, monsoon has slowed down in several parts which have recorded deficient rain, India Meteorological Department has said.
Monsoon has weakened since the end of last week, IMD, which has forecast 8 and 10 percent less than normal rainfall in July and August respectively, said.
The east and northwest India, which initially recorded good rainfall, received just one percent of overall normal rain so far. The northeastern states of Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura have received 31 percent deficient rainfall this month, while Bihar got 27 percent less rain than normal.
Several parts of the southern peninsula have witnessed deficient rain which includes the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (-21 percent), Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (-18 percent), Kerala (-13 percent).
However, the Central (23 percent) and Northwest India (31 percent) have recorded good precipitation.
IMD has already asked the Agriculture department to keep a contingency plan ready to tackle the situation arising out of inadequate rain.
The Southwest Monsoon made its entry on 5 June after a delay of four days. However, it quickly covered the entire country by 26 June, almost 20 days ahead of the normal date 15 July.
42 percent deficient rainfall was recorded in June last year and it had created fear among farmers and policy makers. However, the situation improved after good rain in July, August and September that brought down the season’s deficiency by 12 percent.