August 25, 2015 2:23:09 am
Even as the country reels under the impact of El Nino conditions with sparse rain and a 10 per cent deficit, the state recorded over 30 per cent deficit for August.
At 32.75 per cent deficit, the state is now bracing itself for a drought-like situation and preparing contingency plans. In Pune, the deficit was recorded at 31.4 per cent. With the decision on water cut deferred by over a fortnight, the Met department said the situation was grave as last year the percentage was 13.6 per cent surplus.
Met Officials said the deficit was bound to increase as the El Nino conditions were strengthening and rain has been predicted for the city and the state only during its withdrawal.
According to statistics by the Met, the country as a whole is presently at a deficit of 10 per cent, with East and Northeast at 6 per cent deficit, north west India at 3 per cent deficit, Central India at 13 per cent deficit and south peninsula region at 19 per cent deficit.
“Presently, almost all the divisions in the country are facing deficit. The deficit is set to increase with no signs of rains,’’ said officials.
In the the four divisions of the state —Konkan Goa recorded a deficit of 33 per cent, Madhya Maharashtra 38 per cent, Marathwada 48 per cent and Vidarbha region 12 per cent.
“The collective deficit is nearly 32.75 per cent and with no rains the deficit is bound to increase,’’ said officials.
However, the only solace is that this year none of the 36 divisions have recorded “scanty” or “no rain”. In the country, three divisions have recorded excess rainfall, 20 have recorded normal rainfall and 13 have recorded deficit. The data shows that 58 per cent of the country has received normal rainfall, 29 per cent has recorded deficit while 13 per cent has witnessed excess rainfall.
The Met department has forecast a “deficient” monsoon this season with the shortfall expected to be about 12 per cent across the country.
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