India’s monsoon is finally coming to an end. Livemint reports that the June-September monsoon rains could start withdrawing from the north-western region of the country in the next three to four days.
Monsoon rains which usually stop in the first week of September have got extended by a couple of weeks this time— bringing more cheer to farmers.
According to the state forecaster the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), India has so far received five percent deficit rainfall compared to the long period average (LPA) since the onset of the monsoon.
However, less rainfall is not a cause for worry at present because Kharif sowing is almost complete. According to the Press Information Bureau, the total sown area by the month of September stood at 1054.49 lakh hectare, as compared to 1012.35 lakh hectare at this time last year.
Overall, India has seen a deficient of five percent rainfall this monsoon.
Three subdivisions— Western Rajasthan, Eastern Rajasthan and Western Madhya Pradesh— have received 24 percent, 37 percent and 21 percent excess rainfall respectively.
Eight subdivisions— Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, the Eastern Gujarat region, Coastal Karnataka, Kerala, Assam and Meghalayaand NMMT (Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura)— have received deficient rains.
Parched Saurashtra and Kutch areas, which were facing drought situation this year, have also recovered and are now in average rainfall category.
In the Northeast, only Arunachal Pradesh has received normal rains this year. Down South, Coastal Karnataka and Kerala received 32 percent and 22 percent deficient rains.
The rest of the country has received normal rains.