Drought-like situation looms over Maharashtra
Drought-like situation looms large over Maharashtra as the state received less than normal rains in most parts, according to the weather bureau in Mumbai.india Updated: Aug 13, 2009 23:29 IST
Drought-like situation looms large over Maharashtra as the state received less than normal rains in most parts, according to the weather bureau in Mumbai.
There is also no indication of rainfall activity picking up over the next week as there are no favourable conditions like development of a cyclonic circulation or low pressure formation in Bay of Bengal, India Meteorological department Director Sati Devi said.
Although the state is getting isolated spells of showers in some places, including Mumbai, the rains so far are estimated to be 23 per cent lower in Maharashtra, excluding Vidarbha.
Maharashtra, excluding Vidarbha, received 524.8 mm rainfall since June 1, she said.
Rains in Vidarbha were 34 per cent lower than normal while Marathwada had a departure of 47 per cent from the normal till yesterday, Devi said.
The Konkan-Goa region and Central Maharashtra had a departure of minus 18 per cent and minus 16 per cent respectively, which according to the weather bureau is considered normal.
In the weather bureau parlance, rainfall which is 20 to 59 per cent lower than normal is considered deficit. If it is less than 20 per cent, then it is considered to be normal, the Director said.