While heavy rain hits states such as Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana, various states in North and Eastern parts of the country continue to face dry conditions with a rainfall deficit.
From June 1 to July 18, 2018, the country has received 319.2 mm, a 3 percent deficit as compared to normal rainfall of 328.4 mm, according to the data released by India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The two union territories — Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli — has so far received ‘large excess’ rainfall of 99 percent and 62 percent, respectively. Maharashtra has so far received 40 percent above normal rainfall during this period.
However, states such as Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar and Jharkhand are facing dry spells and it is a matter of concern. UP has had a 47 percent deficit rainfall, whereas, Bihar and Jharkhand received 46 percent and 40 percent below normal rainfall, respectively.
Out of 75 districts in UP, 56 are expected to receive below normal rainfall this season and 30 districts have only received just 5 percent of normal rainfall so far.
Deficient monsoon will further increase farmer woes in UP, Bihar and may impact sowing, harvesting of Kharif crops such as Maize and Paddy. Kharif sowing in around 36.7 percent of the cultivation area might get affected.
There is also a deficit in rain received by Northeastern states. Meghalaya has a rain deficit of 43 percent followed by Nagaland (38 percent deficit rainfall).