More than one-fourth of the country has received deficient rainfall
this monsoon, which is halfway through, but the IMD
is hopeful of the situation improving in the remaining period.
According to the India Meteorological Department
(IMD), there is five per cent overall shortfall in rains across the country, but the deficiency is more in 26 per cent of the country's land mass.
deficiency is more in parts of Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka
and western Uttar Pradesh, it said.
has projected "normal" southwest monsoon in 2017, which is from June to September.
Last week, the Met Department had said the second half of the monsoon season is likely to be 100 per cent of the Long Period Average. The rainfall
during August is likely to be 99 per cent.
Noting that monsoon is reviving, Secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences Madhavan Rajveevan tweeted, "Good rains over central India
including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat in the next 2 weeks."
He also noted that "rain deficit
regions (are) likely to recover" but cautioned about "chance of floods" in some parts.
Sowing of kharif (summer) crops has been affected in states with deficit rains, though overall sowing area across the country remains higher at 976.34 lakh hectare till last week of the season as against 984.57 lakh hectare in the year-ago period, as per the Agriculture Ministry's data.
Among the states with deficit rains, IMD
said that north and south interior Karnataka
have both recorded rainfall
deficiency in range of 20-25 per cent so far.
There has been 32 per cent rainfall
deficit so far recorded in Marathwada
and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra, which had reported farmer suicides over the last few years.
Even east and west Madhya Pradesh
have recorded a deficiency of 23 per cent. Parts of Kerala
recorded deficient rainfall
for a second consecutive year.
However, some states especially east Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and Gujarat have witnessed floods.