Monsoon to be normal in August, September: IMD

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New Delhi: In a big relief for farmers, the monsoon is expected to be normal in August and September. India Meteorological Department in a released statement said, “The rainfall across the India as a whole during the two-month period is likely to be 100 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) with a model error of plus or minus 8 per cent.”

Since the monsoon began in June, country witnessed shortfall in the first two months. Crop-nourishing monsoon rains are expected to be 99 per cent of the long-term average in August.

A good rain will help in sowing and reduce the drought fear of the farmers. It will also aid in filling the water reservoirs, which are below the normal line. According to the Central Water Commission data, 72 of the 100 major water reservoirs in India have reported water storage, which is 80 per cent or below of normal. Until 25 July, major rivers like the Ganga, Krishna, and Mahanadi facing the deficit in the basin storage position.

Last week ending on Wednesday were above average for the second time since the start of the season on 1 June. Rain is very crucial as the country’s about 55 per cent arable land is rain-fed, and rain scarcity affects the farm output, and the livelihood of the people rely on them.

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