Monsoon rainfall up by 1 per cent so far

Monsoon rainfall up by 1 per cent so far

Monsoon rainfall up by 1 per cent so far

The Southwest monsoon rainfall has shown a marginal rise of one per cent with a good amount of precipitation in several parts of the country for the period between June 1 and July 6, IMD has said.

All regions, barring the east and northeast have started recording monsoon above the normal. Only the northeast and east India region are currently witnessing a deficiency.

According to IMD, the country as a whole received 218.2 mm of rainfall as compared to 215.3 mm, which is 1 per cent more than the normal precipitation the country receives from June 1 to July 6.

In Rajasthan, as the initial phase of the Southwest remained active over the state, six districts have received above normal rains (60 per cent or more) while five deficit (- 20 to –59 per cent), and one scanty (that is - 60 per cent or less) so far.

The state on the whole has recorded excess rains so far. According to IMD, against a normal average of 76.51 mm rains between June 1 and July 5, the state has recorded 98.33 mm precipitation during the period.

Several parts of the country received varying degrees of monsoon rains since yesterday even as three persons were killed and as many injured in two separate incidents of lightning strike in Bihar.

In Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, another body was found from the banks of Alaknanda in Ghat area last night taking the toll in torrential rains that hit the state on July 1 to 21.

In the national capital, "traces" of rainfall were recorded and the maximum temperature settled at 36.1 degrees Celsius, a notch below the normal. The MeT department has forecast generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle for tomorrow.

In the north, rain or snowfall occurred at most places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, IMD said in a bulletin.

Most places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal received rains as also did northeastern states of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura.

In southern India, parts of Coastal Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Interior Karnataka, Telangana, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu also experienced rains.

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