A ‘normal’ monsoon is likely by the end of June as the rains pick up speed in many states: Imd

India is expected to see a normalization of the monsoon by the end of this month as rainfall activities resume in several parts of the country.

“By June 29-30, most regions like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Western Himalayas and Jammu and Kashmir will be covered. So conditions are very favorable from June 29 for increased rainfall in India,” said RK Jenamani, Senior Scientist at India Meteorological Department (IMD), in an interview with CNBC-TV18.

The rainfall deficit situation improved in the second half of June with a resumption of monsoon activities. The overall rainfall deficit fell from 43% on June 11 to 4% on June 24.

While the monsoon arrived in Kerala – the entry point of the southwest monsoon to the mainland – earlier this year, most parts of the country experienced lower rainfall in June.

While the rainfall deficit has narrowed over the past two weeks as the monsoon progressed, the distribution remained a concern, as shown by IMD data.

Major states like Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra are experiencing rainfall deficit of 76% and 61%, respectively, even as the first monsoon month is about to end.

A delayed monsoon and lack of rainfall also affected kharif crops, with overall plantings down 28% from last year.

According to the IMD website, between June 1 and June 16, the whole country, except for a few states like Nagaland, Sikkim, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, experienced a shortage of monsoon rainfall.

The lack of rain comes at a time when India is experiencing record food price inflation. The monsoon is the greatest source of irrigation for crops in India and is key to boosting production and lowering prices.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) previously predicted a normal monsoon this year, with rainfall at 103% of the long-term average (LPA).

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(Edited by : Abhishek Jha)

First post: STI

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