After stalling twice, India’s southwest monsoon reached Delhi early on Monday, moving on to cover most parts of the food bowl states, such as Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab.
<b1>The June-September rain system had snapped on June 19 over Madhya Pradesh, keeping the country on tenterhooks. It was seen recovering last Friday and then tripped again.
The rains are critical for India, Asia’s third-biggest economy, where two-thirds of Indians depend on farm income.
Most of north India, which had not experienced monsoon so far, will receive sharp showers, including the national capital that was soaked by a pre-monsoon downpour on Sunday.
Several areas in Delhi reported waterlogging, after heavy showers lashed the city on Sunday night and continued on Monday. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) received a total of 95 complaints of waterlogging on Monday.
At many sites the civic agencies have dug up roads for carrying out construction work and the mud and rubble made its way inside the drains as it rained clogging it further.
The rains will bolster the sowing of paddy, soybean, pulses and coarse cereals in major states. Summer crops account for nearly half of India’s annual farm output.
Among the northern states, sharp showers are expected in Haryana and Punjab, the largest grain-producers, but the rains will be weakest in UP, the Met official said.
In June, monsoon was 16 per cent deficient over all. However, it is expected to cover the whole country in the next four days.
The Met’s latest update has predicted “widespread rain and thundershowers” in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, east Rajasthan, UP, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.