Another spell of rain expected in the coming two days and 1st week of October
The worst situation is in the 31 reservoirs of southern India, which are together filled to only 35 per cent of their capacity. These should normally be filled to 81 per cent of their capacity at this time.
The average rainfall across the country during June 1-September 22 has been 718 mm, which is 14 per cent less than the LPA of 839 mm.
Anti-littering and other initiatives has changed the scene for the better over the last six months.
The system of predicting rain after every five days for a period of 15-20 days does not exist anywhere in the world, the scientists claimed.
With the monsoon faltering, governments at the state and Centre need to prepare plans to address growing rural distress.
September, the last of the four-month monsoon season, is likely to be remain dry as well, in line with the forecast made by weather scientists in May that had predicted only 87 per cent rainfall this season.
The data shows that 58 per cent of the country has received normal rainfall, 29 per cent witnessed deficient and 13 per cent excess.
The seasonal rainfall till now, from the start of June, is nine per cent below normal. Since the start of this month, rainfall is more than 20 per cent below normal.
Tapering demand in rural markets, however, resulted in low demand for two-wheelers which grew by a meager 0.14 per cent.
The weak outlook is once again being blamed on El Nino, an unusual warming of certain areas off the coast of South America that has a negative impact on monsoon rains in India.
Officials from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that August will see better rainfall, giving a long range forecast of 92 per cent rainfall.
Flooding is common during Myanmar’s monsoon season, which typically starts in late May and ends in mid-October.
The flooding also has killed 12 people in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province and in the country’s eastern Punjab province.
Ahmedabad and Vadodara also received intermittent rain since morning.