One-third Districts In India Are Facing Rain Deficit 7 Monsoons Are Off
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One-third Districts In India Are Facing Rain Deficit

The overall rain deficit is also showing in water storage levels. Last year, too, the monsoon went into a longish break in August. A normal monsoon in 2016 had led to record foodgrain production.


 India received below-normal monsoon this year, with the season ending on a 5.2% deficit on Saturday. While 50% of the country’s districts have had normal rains, more than a third — 215 districts — are left with deficient rainfall, which could impact the kharif crop to an extent.

Last year, too, the monsoon went into a longish break in August. However, crucially, the break came later and lasted for a shorter time. This year, the break in the monsoon — when rainfall dips sharply in central India — began around July 26 and continued till the third week of August, a period crucial for kharif sowing.

“There were too many lulls in the monsoon during the second half. Also, the distribution of rainfall was rather poor, with some areas getting too much rain, which led to floods,” said Pai. On the brighter side, south India got good rains during August and September, which wiped out the deficits of the previous months.

Some of these subdivisions, such as south interior Karnataka, had seen drought last year. The northeast, too, got good spells of rain in the second half.

The overall monsoon shortfall is also showing in water storage levels. According to the Central Water Commission, 91 major reservoirs in the country were at 66% of capacity on September 28. This is just about 89% of the levels in the corresponding period last year, and 87% of the 10-year average.

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