Monsoon leaves MP

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Bhopal, Oct 11 (UNI) The Southwest Monsoon, which broke late over Madhya Pradesh, departed from the state ten days behind schedule.

The Monsoon -- which normally breaks on June 13 -- arrived on June 28, remained highly active in July, waned in August and lessened further last month. About 20 districts received below average rain.

''The Monsoon departed yesterday while in 2006 it left in the last week of September. The state received 82 cm precipitation while the average is 99 cm -- a difference of 17 per cent. A difference of plus or minus 19 per cent is considered normal,'' Regional Meteorological Centre Director D P Dubey said here today.

Tikamgarh and Panna districts in eastern Madhya Pradesh were the worst affected as they received 60 per cent less rain while Ujjain, Dhar, Jhabua, Khargone and Ratlam districts received above average precipitation.

UNI

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