85 pc of India had excess or normal rainfall this monsoon

Eighty-five per cent area of the country has received excess or normal rainfall during the current monsoon season.

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010, 23:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Eighty-five per cent area of the
country has received excess or normal rainfall during the
current monsoon season.

Only six per cent of the meteorological sub-divisions
including areas of Jharkhand, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu and
Lakshadweep witnessed scanty rainfall, the Ministry of Earth
Sciences said in a release.

Out of 36 meteorological sub-divisions, rainfall was
excess in 18, normal in eight, deficient in seven
sub-divisions and scanty in three.

"In area-wise distribution, 51 per cent area of the
country received excess, 29 per cent normal, 14 per cent
deficient and 06 per cent scanty rainfall. In area-wise
distribution, 85 per cent area of the country received excess
or normal rainfall,"it added.

Ministry officials said the withdrawal of the southwest
monsoon was not likely during the week starting from tomorrow
from western parts of the country.

They added due to monsoon`s "interaction" with western
disturbances, fairly widespread heavy rainfall would occur
over Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana,
Chandigarh and Delhi during first half of the week and
decrease in intensity thereafter.

Officials said that during the next week (11-17
September), fairly widespread rainfall would occur over
northwest India during first half of the week and rainfall
activity will also increase over east and northeast India.

PTI