According to the Meteorological Department, 53 percent of the country received normal rainfall between June 1 and September 18 while some parts saw deficit in the rainfall even to the tune of 28 percent.

This year, IMD recorded 864 mm of rainfall as compared to normal rainfall of 829 mm - which is 4 percent more. The regions that received excess rainfall are Jammu and Kashmir, eastern and western Madhya Pradesh, Vidharba and northern Maharashtra, the Telangana and Rayalseema region of Andhra Pradesh, southern Karnataka, Kerela and the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Almost the entire north India, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and the coastal regions of the eastern and Western India and the Lakshadweep islands received normal rainfall. However, Delhi and Haryana reported "deficient" rainfall.

Parts of eastern India (Bihar and Jharkhand) and almost entire northeast India also reported "deficient rainfall". It reported rainfall of 965 mm as compared to normal rainfall of 1334 mm - 28 percent less than the normal rainfall. The Bihar government has already declared 33 of the 38 districts "drought-affected".

The Southwest monsoon has withdrawn completely from Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, parts of Haryana, Rajasthan and the Kutch region of Gujarat.


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