Monsoon below average in most parts of IndiaJuly 31st, 2008 - 11:03 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Except northwestern parts of India, most of the country, including Kerala, has experienced less than average rainfall this monsoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Thursday. Till July 30, the country has received two percent less rainfall than normal.
If looked at the situation regionwise, the gap is much more. The southern peninsula is the worst affected, registering 20 percent less than normal rain followed by central India facing a shortage of nine percent. The northeast India has registered three percent less rainfall this year.
However, with 352.1 mm rainfall, the generally parched northwest India registered 27 percent extra rainfall in the first two months of the season.
Meteorological subdivision-wise Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Marathwada region of Maharashtra were the worst affected.
Northeastern states like Meghalaya, Manipur, Assam too have received about 20 percent less rain this year.
However, the IMD said the situation may improve soon.
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