Belying apprehensions, the rainy season is off to a good start in Madhya Pradesh with the state receiving 20% excess rainfall during the very first month of monsoon.
Both Indore and Bhopal districts have received considerably excess rainfall during the month. Indore received 250.9mm of rain during the month of June against 120.4mm expected -- 108% excess.
With 165.9mm of rainfall, Bhopal received 48% excess showers, the monthly rainfall report of the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Bhopal showed.
The MeT office has predicted an overall 10% shortfall in rains this season in central India including in MP. However considerable pre-monsoon and monsoon showers saw the state receiving more than the expected quota for the month of June, officials said.
The monsoons covered the state between June 14 and 25 this year.
According to RMC director Anupam Kashyapi, even though the seasonal prediction of 10% shortfall in rainfall continues, rain in July is expected to be near normal too.
The June-end rainfall figures released by the RMC show that during the month of June, Madhya Pradesh received 142.9mm of rainfall against the expected 118.8 mm -- 20% excess.
The 20 districts in eastern MP meteorological sub-division received the expected amount of rainfall -- 133.4mm against 133.6mm expected -- while 30 districts in western MP sub-division received 40% excess rainfall.
District-wise, only ten districts in state have received deficient rainfall in June, the report shows. The worst hit is Burhanpur with 61% deficiency. Ujjain with 157% excess rainfall recorded the highest excess.