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Sluggish monsoon: 84% of IMD's subdivisions record deficient rainfall

The official rainfall season starts from June 1 to September 30, but the overall monsoon deficiency until June 22 still remains around 39 per cent

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Delhi witnessed heavy rains on Tuesday morning forcing the temperature to drop in several parts of the city

With the progress of still remaining sluggish, 84 per cent of the meteorological subdivisions have recorded deficient rainfall, department data shows.

According to the Central Water Commission data, of the 91 major reservoirs in the country, 80 per cent have storage below normal. Of these, 11 have zero per cent storage, making the water crisis acute.

The official rainfall season starts from June 1 to September 30, but the overall deficiency until June 22 still remains around 39 per cent. Of the 36 meteorological subdivisions, 25 per cent have recorded “deficient” rainfall, while six subdivisions recorded precipitation classified under the “large deficient” category.

and Lakshadweep subdivisions have recorded “normal” rainfall. While Jammu Kashmir and East Rajasthan recorded “excess” rainfall, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands registered rainfall under the “large excess” category.

The has four divisions – east and the north east, south peninsula, central India and northwest India.

The east and northeast India division comprise northeastern states and eastern states of Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal and all have registered deficient rainfall.

Of the 10 subdivisions of central India, is the only one to receive normal rainfall. Four subdivisions, including three from the — Vidarbha, Marathwada and central — have recorded rainfall in the category of “large deficient”. The east Madhya Pradesh subdivision has also recorded rainfall in the same category.

Vidarbha, Marathwada and central subdivisions have been facing a drought-like situation, with water levels in reservoirs reaching extremely low levels.

Although the Gujarat and Saurashtra and the Kutch subdivisions under central India have recorded “deficient” rainfall, Cyclone Vayu helped bring down some of the shortfall.

The deficiency in these two subdivisions was 100 per cent until June 9, but it went down to 50 and 26 per cent respectively. Of 10 divisions in the south peninsula division, eight are deficient.

The Andaman and Nicobar Island subdivision recorded “large excess” rainfall, the only one under this category in the country, while Lakshadweep recorded “normal” rainfall.

With Chennai reeling under a severe water crisis, the Tamil Nadu, and Karaikal subdivision has a deficiency of nearly 38 per cent.

The IMD on Sunday said has further advanced into east Uttar Pradesh, some parts of central Maharashtra, most parts of Marathwada and Vidarbha.

First Published: Mon, June 24 2019. 01:49 IST