This monsoon 105 pc rainfall recorded throughout India

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Pune Oct 6 (UNI) The Southwest monsoon withdrew on September 30, leaving behind an average season with 105 per cent rainfall registered in the country, 12 per cent more than what was forecast, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) here.

IMD sources stated that wet season in India ended on September 30. And it has been a mixed season. The IMD had predicted around 93 per cent average rain for the country in June as Southwest monsoon officially begins in India on June 1 and ends on September 30.

The country saw an average rainfall of 915 mm as against the average of 890 mm this year. The monsoon has been good in some parts but unfortunately deficient in areas known for producing maximum crops like parts of Punjab, Haryana, Utter Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, IMD stated.

Barring some parts of NorthWest India, the rest of the country received more than average rainfall. While the North west region has received 85 percent rain, North East, Central, and southern Peninsula received 104 per cent, 108 per cent and 126 per cent of rain respectively.

Dr D Sivananda Pai, Director, National Climate Center (IMD), said ''This year monsoon has been fairly good in many areas while some parts have received less than average rainfall. Now after the official ending of the season, the Southwest monsoon has began marching its backward journey. It will now stop in parts of south India till December when the region will get its share of rainfall''.

In Maharashtra, after some dry periods and a lull, the Southwest monsoon picked up and has been satisfactory even in the dry belts of Marathwada and Vidarbha. Only Nanded district in Marathwada has not received the expected rain.

The agriculture picture in Maharashtra this year is also very good as compared to the past couple of years when large amounts of crops were damaged by floods. P N Raut, Director, Agriculture, state government of Maharashtra, said ''the initial setback in some parts of the state including Marathwada had been made up after some good spells of rainfall in August and September. The overall agriculture picture for Kharif season appears to be good''.

The situation on the water front is also encouraging as even the major and medium level dams in the state are close up to the capacity. Water Resource department officials said the four biggest dams Ujani and Koyna in western Maharashtra, Jayakwadi in Marathwada are 100 per cent full to capacity while the Pench project in Vidarbha is 93 per cent full. Other dams in the state too are filled to 90 per cent capacity.

Mr Raut said the suicide-ridden belt of Vidarbha too has received good amount of rain, raising hopes for more than average amount of cotton crop in the region. In western Maharashtra too situation of sugarcane looks to be good, he added.

UNI

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