India reports 14% deficit in rainfall

  • As India officially bids farewell to monsoon, the India Meteorological Department declared 14% deficit in rain this season.
  • 17 out of 36 of India’s meteorological sub-divisions have witnessed deficient rainfall this monsoon. Ironically, Rajasthan received nearly 50% excess rainfall this year.
  • Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Mahrashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, eastern Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Telangana and Konkan region of the country witnessed deficient rainfall ranging from 47% to 20%.

Background

  • Last year, India had witnessed 12% deficient rainfall, giving rise to a drought-like situation in most part of the country.
  • Last year’s drought, coupled with vagaries of weather during the Rabi season, has hit hard India’s total food grain stock, and has reduced by more than 5 million tonnes. More than 50% of wheat going areas across Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were affected.
  • According to experts, the El-Nino phenomenon, which occurs due to abnormal heating of the western tropical Pacific Ocean, has been responsible for rainfall scarcity.

News Item Compiled by Atishya Kumar

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