Monsoon tracker

Monsoon tracker
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First Published: Sun, Sep 20 2009. 11 33 PM IST

Updated: Sun, Sep 20 2009. 11 33 PM IST
Weak rainfall in the week ended Thursday over most parts of west and central India, including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, resulted in showers 41% below the weekly normal. This pushed up the country’s seasonal monsoon deficit by 1 percentage point to 21%. Though September rainfall doesn’t contribute substantially to the summer crop, it’s important for the forthcoming winter season. Wheat, which makes up 72% of the country’s foodgrain, is primarily grown during winter.
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However, a good crop depends on adequate soil moisture levels as well as sufficient water in the country’s reservoirs. Though key reservoirs of India, shown below, are only 76% of last year’s levels, they are 85% of the last 10 years’ average—adequate for a good winter crop.
Graphics by Sandeep Bhatnagar / Mint
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First Published: Sun, Sep 20 2009. 11 33 PM IST
More Topics: Monsoon | Rainfall | Winter season | Wheat | Foodgrains |