Monsoon deficit pegged at 14% in central India

Last Updated: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 17:41

New Delhi: Monsoon rains have been 14 per
cent less than normal this season with almost the entire
central India, considered the oilseed basket of the country,
receiving deficient rains.

Meteorologists have pinned their hope for a good spell of
rains towards the month-end as they see a possibility of a low
pressure area forming in the Bay of Bengal over the weekend.

Scientists have observed strengthening of monsoon flows
but absence of a low pressure area in the Bay have led to the
flow being appropriated by weather systems in far-off South
China Sea.

Most parts of Central India were oilseeds are grown have
received deficient rains to the tune of 30 per cent this
season.

These regions, comprising parts of Gujarat, Madhya
Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, east Uttar Pradesh, Gangetic
West Bengal and Orissa, traditionally grow soyabean,
groundnut, paddy, cotton and a variety of pulses.

Western parts of Gujarat have received 44 per cent
deficient rains than normal 359.5 mm rains it get till this
time of the season. East Rajasthan has received 33 per cent
less rains than normal of 209.6 mm, West Madhya Pradesh -34
per cent (against normal of 305.8 mm), East MP -26 per cent
(392.1 mm), East UP -36 per cent (316.8 mm), Chhattisgarh -32
per cent (454.1 mm), Orissa -31 per cent (442.4 mm), Gangetic
West Bengal -35 per cent (464.7 mm) and Jharkhand -45 per cent
(415.8 mm), IMD data said.

The overall deficit this season for the country as a
whole has been 14 per cent, the India Meteorological
Department said.

Lack of July rains appears to have affected sowing
operations in various regions and one cannot see how this
shortfall would be made up despite the surplus rain forecasts
for August and possibly September.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 17:41

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