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When does India declare drought and how is it linked to the monsoon

One big change in India's drought management is in the IMD's parlance


Careful monitoring of the symptoms of drought and early warning are key to effective management of the drought, according to policymakers

Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi
Will 2023 be a repeat of 2015? Seven years ago, cumulative rainfall across India during the June-September southwest monsoon season dropped below 90 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA), to 87.3 per cent.

Thus, 2015 was officially classified as a “deficient” monsoon year.

Since then, there has been no deficient rainfall year. In fact, the past four years —2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 — were rainfall-surplus years.

However, 2023 could turn out to be different as, after a gap of four years, the dreaded El Niño phenomenon is expected to mark its presence.

Though, the IMD in its

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First Published: May 26 2023 | 7:38 PM IST

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