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IMD Reports 27% Decline in Pre-Monsoon Rainfall
New Delhi: According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), pre-monsoon rainfall from March to April, an event that is important to agriculture in some parts of India, has reported a deficiency of 27%.
From March 1 to April 24, 43.3 millimetres of rainfall is recorded across the country as against the normal precipitation of 59.6 millimetres. This was 27% less of the Long Period Average (LPA). The northwest India division of the IMD recorded the highest deficiency of 38%, which consists of states such as, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh. The Southern peninsula division followed with five states of South India and the Union Territory of Puducherry, Goa and coastal Maharashtra, with recorded deficiency of 31%. East and northeast India division recorded a 23% deficiency. The Central India division is the only one to have recorded more five per cent rainfall than the normal.
Several parts of India get pre-monsoon rainfall which is critical for those regions. The phenomenon, usually around March and May, is important as it helps reduce the temperatures. Crops such as sugarcane and cotton, planted in central India, survive irrigation, but still, necessitate pre-monsoon rain supplements.
Source: Outlook Agriculture, Apr 29, 2019
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