Monsoon below normal till now: Met Dept

Monsoon rains were 11 per-cent below normal in the week to June 2, the weather office has said.

Updated: Jun 03, 2010, 21:09 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Monsoon rains were 11 per-cent below normal in the week to June 2, the weather office said on Thursday.

For the seven days ended June 2, countrywide rains stood at 16.7 mm as against the normal of 18.8 mm, the India Meteorological Department said.

The monsoon, vital for farm output in India`s trillion-dollar economy, had hit the country`s southern coast on May 31, a day ahead of its usual date of June 1.

Pre-monsoon rain claims five lives in North Maharashtra

Five persons were killed in
lightning strikes in Nashik and Jalgaon districts which were
lashed by heavy pre-monsoon showers accompanied with
thunderstorm, official sources said today.

Three of them died in Nashik and two in Jalgaon at
different places in the two North Maharashtra districts since
June 1, they said.

Trees were uprooted in stormy wind, while roofs of
some houses were blown away in Nashik, the sources said,
quoting reports reaching here.

Vehicular traffic on the busy Sinnar-Shirdi Road was
disrupted due to heavy rain last evening. Nashik district
recorded 157mm rainfall, they said.

However, pre-monsoon rain is considered beneficial for
agricultural purposes.

-Agencies inputs