Monsoon revives in Himachal, still 50 percent deficit

July 25th, 2012 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Shimla, July 25 (IANS) After days of lull, the southwest monsoon has once again revived in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, with most of the areas experiencing moderate to heavy rainfall, Met officials said here Wednesday.

But the state still has received over 50 percent deficit rains, affecting agricultural activities and the standing crops, officials said.

Jogindernagar in Mandi district recorded the highest rainfall of 133 mm in the state, an official of the meteorological department told IANS.

The state capital recorded 45.4 mm of rain, while it was 61.4 mm in Dharamsala, 87.6 mm in Palampur and five mm in Manali.

The Met department said there could be heavy rain in low and mid hills of the state till Friday.

Himachal Pradesh has received 50 percent less monsoon rains till Tuesday, affecting agricultural activities and the standing crops.

“The overall monsoon was below average in the state. From June 1 to July 24, the state saw 166.4 mm of rain against the normal average of 328.6 mm,” meteorological office director Manmohan Singh said.

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