Monsoon clouds still elude Himachal Pradesh. The hill state till date has received 46% less rains, affecting agricultural activities and standing crops, officials said here on Tuesday.
"The state has received just 134-mm average rainfall against the normal average rainfall of 249-mm," meteorological office director Manmohan Singh said. While there was 20% deficit rainfall in Solan district, the figure was higher in Lahaul and Spiti district (83 %), Chamba (79 %) and Kinnaur (75 %).
Kangra, the state's largest district experienced only 33% rains, while Shimla and Una recorded 24% and 58% rains respectively. Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon remained dormant across the state in the past few days.
Singh said "There was a lull in the monsoon in most parts of the state. The past few days saw a good spell of showers. But monsoon would strengthen in the coming few days." Officials of the agriculture department said the deficit rainfall had severely hit crops, particularly in low and mid hills of the state. More than 80 % horticulture and agricultural activities here are rainfed. Agriculture is the main occupation of the people in the state, providing direct employment to 69% of people.