New Delhi: Riding on surplus August rains, the south-west monsoon for the first time touched the near normal level with the rainfall deficit narrowing down to nine percent of the seasonal average.
    
The remarkable August rainfall rally saw 26 of the 36 meteorological sub-divisions get excess or normal monsoon.
    
Rains were deficient in nine sub-divisions and scanty in one -- Saurashtra and Kutch region.
    
The month of August saw the country receive 264. 7 mm rainfall as against the normal of 261 mm, showing an excess of about one percent.
    
In June, the country received 31 percent deficient rains than normal while July saw a monsoon deficiency of 13 percent which had prompted the government to roll out a slew of measures to tackle the then impending drought-like situation.
    
Till yesterday as much as 68 percent of the country has received normal or excess rain this season, while the rest have had deficient rainfall, India Meteorological Department (IMD) data showed.
    
Saurashtra and Kutch, Punjab, Gujarat region, Haryana, West Uttar Pradesh, Marathwada and Bihar are the regions worst hit by deficient rains.
    
The deficiency in these regions range from 60 percent to 28 percent.
    
Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura have also received 33 percent deficient rainfall since the delayed onset of monsoon this season.
    
The weather office said monsoon was vigorous over West Rajasthan, Saurashtra and Kutch and active over Andaman and Nicobar, Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Gujarat region and coastal Karnataka during the 24 hours ending Saturday morning.

(Agencies)

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