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IMD data show biggest rainfall dip this season

IMD data show biggest rainfall dip this season
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First Published: Mon, Aug 27 2007. 12 25 AM IST

Updated: Mon, Aug 27 2007. 12 25 AM IST
New Delhi: The total rainfall over the last week has taken its biggest dip, a nearly 25% shortfall, when compared with the rainfall usually registered during the same period in other years, according to figures by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
However, meteorologists aren’t too worried and said that this is just a “beginning of the end”.
Says B.P. Yadav, a spokesperson for the IMD here: “That’s not too troubling. The country has already received more than 75% of the total summer monsoon rainfall, and if you compare it with a 40-year average, there’s actually a 3% increase in the cumulative rainfall, which is well within limits.”
K. Rupa Kumar, a scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, said the monsoon patterns are “pretty much like last year, which registered an absolutely normal rainfall.”
While Bihar and Jharkhand continued to receive rainfall way above their usual quota, the culprits for this week’s shortfall were mostly the Marathwada region in Maharashtra, East Madhya Pradesh and parts of North-East India, according to the IMD data.
A.K. Sen of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute said that save for the weak phase of the monsoon in early July, the rain, till now, had distributed “reasonably well from an agricultural perspective.”
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First Published: Mon, Aug 27 2007. 12 25 AM IST