Photos: India’s wettest August in 44 years brings 25% excess rains

Data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) shows that the country has recorded an overall excess of rains to the tune of 25% this August, a level that has not been seen in the last 44 years. The last time India has monsoon rains this plenty in August was in 1976 when the country received 28.4% more rain than is usual for this period. 39 of 49 reservoirs in the country’s dams are at 90% capacity and the month has proved generous in recharging the groundwater levels that can help prospects for farmers in the next agricultural season.

Updated On Aug 30, 2020 06:13 PM IST
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People out during heavy rain at CSMT in Mumbai on August 28. India this year has recorded its rainiest August in 44 years, data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) shows, filling up agricultural reservoirs and recharging groundwater across large parts of the country in what could help the prospects of farmers for the next cropping season. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 06:13 PM IST

People out during heavy rain at CSMT in Mumbai on August 28. India this year has recorded its rainiest August in 44 years, data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) shows, filling up agricultural reservoirs and recharging groundwater across large parts of the country in what could help the prospects of farmers for the next cropping season. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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A view of a market submerged in floodwater after heavy rain in Jabalpur on August 28. Districts in central India, the southern peninsula and in the west are now in severely or extremely wet categories, as measured by the standard precipitation index (SPI) for the cumulative monsoon period since June 1. (AN)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 06:13 PM IST

A view of a market submerged in floodwater after heavy rain in Jabalpur on August 28. Districts in central India, the southern peninsula and in the west are now in severely or extremely wet categories, as measured by the standard precipitation index (SPI) for the cumulative monsoon period since June 1. (AN)

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Manikarnika Ghat inundated by the rising water from river Ganga in Varanasi on August 28. “More wet districts are a sign that it’s a good year for agriculture and groundwater recharge. The rainwater harvesting potential is also huge for these districts and this will also ensure more water availability until next year,” Pulak Guhathakurta, head, climate application and user interface, climate research and services at IMD Pune, told HT. (Rajesh Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 06:13 PM IST

Manikarnika Ghat inundated by the rising water from river Ganga in Varanasi on August 28. “More wet districts are a sign that it’s a good year for agriculture and groundwater recharge. The rainwater harvesting potential is also huge for these districts and this will also ensure more water availability until next year,” Pulak Guhathakurta, head, climate application and user interface, climate research and services at IMD Pune, told HT. (Rajesh Kumar / HT Photo)

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Vehicular traffic moves along a waterlogged stretch in New Delhi on August 28. The largest excess rain recorded in the month of August till now has been in 1926 at 33%. Overall monsoon rain this year is 8% excess so far, with 23% excess over south peninsula; 16% excess over central India; 12% deficient over north-west India, and 4% excess over east and north-east India. The monsoon runs from beginning of June to September end. (Amal KS / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 06:13 PM IST

Vehicular traffic moves along a waterlogged stretch in New Delhi on August 28. The largest excess rain recorded in the month of August till now has been in 1926 at 33%. Overall monsoon rain this year is 8% excess so far, with 23% excess over south peninsula; 16% excess over central India; 12% deficient over north-west India, and 4% excess over east and north-east India. The monsoon runs from beginning of June to September end. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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Monsoon clouds hover over a residential area in Amritsar on August 28. According to IMD data, there has been an overall excess rain of 25% in August across India, a level not seen since 1976 when the country received 28.4% more rain than is usual for this time of the year. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 06:13 PM IST

Monsoon clouds hover over a residential area in Amritsar on August 28. According to IMD data, there has been an overall excess rain of 25% in August across India, a level not seen since 1976 when the country received 28.4% more rain than is usual for this time of the year. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)

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People walk with cattle along a flooded road at Sangam in Prayagraj on August 28. IMD in its weekly update on August 28 said there will be above average rains at least for the week till September 3 but rains are likely to reduce thereafter. (Sanjay Kanojia / AFP)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 06:13 PM IST

People walk with cattle along a flooded road at Sangam in Prayagraj on August 28. IMD in its weekly update on August 28 said there will be above average rains at least for the week till September 3 but rains are likely to reduce thereafter. (Sanjay Kanojia / AFP)

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A woman docks a shikara boat in the Dal Lake while it rains in Srinagar on August 27. “After a peculiar July when no low pressure system developed over Bay of Bengal, five low pressure systems developed over Bay of Bengal in August. Two of them moved up to south Rajasthan bringing heavy rain continuously in its way,” RK Jenamani, senior scientist at national weather forecasting centre, told HT. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 06:13 PM IST

A woman docks a shikara boat in the Dal Lake while it rains in Srinagar on August 27. “After a peculiar July when no low pressure system developed over Bay of Bengal, five low pressure systems developed over Bay of Bengal in August. Two of them moved up to south Rajasthan bringing heavy rain continuously in its way,” RK Jenamani, senior scientist at national weather forecasting centre, told HT. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

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A man walks past a fog-covered street in Dharamsala on August 26.The western end of the monsoon trough – a band of low pressure -- is at its near normal position that stretches from Ganganagar to Bay of Bengal, while the eastern end is a south of its normal position. The western end is likely to shift northwards to the foothills of Himalayas in coming days. (Ashwini Bhatia / AP)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 06:13 PM IST

A man walks past a fog-covered street in Dharamsala on August 26.The western end of the monsoon trough – a band of low pressure -- is at its near normal position that stretches from Ganganagar to Bay of Bengal, while the eastern end is a south of its normal position. The western end is likely to shift northwards to the foothills of Himalayas in coming days. (Ashwini Bhatia / AP)

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