Rainfall deficit in state just 2%

Rainfall deficit in state just 2%

 The India Meteorological Department (IMD) maintains that the southwest monsoon in Karnataka has been normal in the first four weeks. Since its onset on June 1, the state has experienced a mere 2% deficit rainfall.

L Ramesh Babu, IMD Bengaluru director-in-charge said the actual rainfall is 132.2 mm against the normal 134.2 mm. While south interior Karnataka has experienced deficit rainfall, north interior Karnataka has experienced excess rainfall. It has been near normal in coastal Karnataka.

According to IMD records, since June 1, coastal Karnataka received 547.2 mm rainfall against the normal of 570.2 mm (-4% deficit), north interior Karnataka has received 112.1 mm against the normal of 72.9 (54% excess) and south interior Karnataka has received 72.6 mm against the normal of 95 mm (-24%).

“Since the onset of monsoon was late, it is taking time to pick up. However, it can be seen that the rainfall has been near normal. During this season, Ghat regions experience good rainfall, the plains get less. But surprisingly, the northern parts of the state are experiencing good rains. It has been just 22 days since the onset of monsoon, there are still three-and-a-half months to go. The stand of the IMD remains that monsoon will be good this season,” Babu said.

Deficit rain in Kodagu

According to IMD records, all districts of south interior Karnataka, except Kolar have received deficit rainfall. From June 1 till June 22, Kolar has experienced 74% excess. Kodagu received -40% deficit rainfall, Chikkamagaluru experienced -32% deficit, Mysuru -58%, Ramanagaram -53%, Bengaluru urban -59% and Bengaluru rural -54%.

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