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59-pc deficit in rainfall so far
Thiruvananthapuram , June 17
THE India Meteorological Department (IMD) has assessed the all-India area weighted rainfall deficit from June 1 to 15 at 59 per cent.
The actual recorded rainfall during the period was 25 mm against the normal 61.6 mm, the IMD said in its update on its Web site on Friday.
Of the 36 meteorological sub-divisions in the country, only three had recorded `excess' rainfall (+ 20 per cent or more). These are Andaman and Nicobar Islands (+29), south interior Karnataka (+20) and Rayalaseema (+33).
Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (-1) and north interior Karnataka (+14) managed to register `normal' rainfall (between +19 and - 19). The rest reported deficient, scanty or no rain.
The update came on a day when a fresh pulse of the monsoon hit the Kerala coast, dumping some of the heaviest rains in recorded history.
Kodungallur in Thrissur district received 31 cm of `exceptionally very heavy rainfall' during the 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. on Friday. The rain belt was active from central Kerala and further northwards, with at least 10 locations recording rainfall of 10 cm and above.
In its forecast for the next 24 hours, the IMD has warned of isolated heavy rainfall in Kerala, Lakshadweep, coastal Karnataka, south Konkan and Goa, the north-eastern States and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.
According to the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, the monsoon has advanced over West Central and North Bay of Bengal, entire Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya and parts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim. The northern limit of the system passed through Panjim, Chitradurga, Anantapur, Kaveli and Gangtok on Friday.
Model prediction suggests it may progress further and cover more areas of sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Konkan and Goa, leading to the onset of monsoon over Mumbai and its neighbourhood during the next three days.
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