Madhya Pradesh has received normal rainfall largely by the end of August, but the eastern MP meteorological subdivision is lagging with 23% deficient rainfall.
By August 31, the state received 761.6 mm of rainfall against the expected rain of 773.6 mm, a shortfall of merely 2%, according to the records of Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Bhopal.
Eastern MP, however, has received just 653.9 mm of rain - 23% lesser than the expected showers of 850.9 mm. The 31 districts of western MP sub-division have received rainfall of 844.3 mm — 18% more than expected (714.2 mm).
Officially, rainy season extends from June 1 to September 15, but major portion of the rainfall is received during months of July and August, according to MeT officials.
“This year, the rainfall till now is satisfactory, but we are expecting rainfall in September to be lesser than normal,” director of RMC, Anupam Kashyapi told HT.
The MeT office had predicted about 10% deficient rainfall this monsoon for MP, considering the possibility of poorer rainfall in the second half of August and during the month of September, the director said.
According to the August end rainfall report, 15 districts - 12 of them in eastern MP - are facing deficient rainfall (20% or more deficiency) while all other districts are either facing excess or normal rainfall.