The Meteorological Centre, Dehradun announced the withdrawal of monsoon from Uttarakhand on Tuesday. The crucial rainfall system, which feeds agriculture in the region, hit the Himalayan state on June 24 this year.
“Southwest monsoon moved away from entire Uttarakhand on Tuesday. During the monsoon season this year, the state received 28% below normal rainfall,” said Bikram Singh, director of Dehradun Met Centre.
Monsoon usually retreats from the hill state around the last week of September and hence its withdrawal this year is being considered on time, he added.
Between June 1 and September 29, Uttarakhand received 881.6 millimeters of rainfall, whereas the normal rainfall for the period should have been 1229.2 mm.
It is worth mentioning that rains falling within the range of plus 19 to minus 19% departure are considered ‘normal’ as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) norms. On the other hand, rainfall within the range of minus 20 to minus 59% departure is considered ‘deficient’.
In 2013, monsoons had wreaked havoc in Uttarakhand as heavy rains resulted in widespread disaster in different parts of the state, including the Kedarnath shrine, leaving over 5000 dead and thousands displaced.