In a report, the MeT department showed that 84 percent of the meteorological subdivisions have recorded deficient rainfall in spite of the slow progress of monsoon. As per the Central Water Commission data, 59 out of the 91 major reservoirs in the country have storage below normal. 11 of these has been recorded zero percent storage which has resulted in the water crisis acute.
Usually, the official rainfall season begins from June 1 to September 30 but the overall monsoon deficiency until June 22 still remains around 39 percent. Among the 36 meteorological subdivisions, 25 percent have recorded “deficient” rainfall, while six subdivisions recorded precipitation classified under the “large deficient” category.
“Normal” rainfall was recorded in Odisha and Lakshadweep subdivisions while Jammu Kashmir and East Rajasthan recorded “excess” rainfall. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands registered rainfall under the “large excess” category.
The India Meteorological Department comprises of four divisions- south peninsula, east and the northeast, central India and northwest India. The east and northeast India division comprise northeast states and eastern states of Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal and all have registered deficient rainfall.
Meanwhile, central Maharashtra, Vidarbha, and Marathwada subdivisions are witnessing a drought-like situation. The water level in reservoirs of the areas has reached extremely low levels. Cyclone Vayu has helped to bring some rainfall in the Gujarat and Saurashtra and Kutch subdivisions which also have been recorded “deficient” rainfall.
In the south peninsula division, out of 10, eight are deficient. The Andaman and Nicobar Island subdivision recorded “large excess” rainfall, the only one under this category in the country, while Lakshadweep recorded “normal” rainfall.
On June 8, the monsoon reached Kerala a week after its normal onset date. Its progression was delayed for more than seven days because of the Cyclone Vayu in the Arabian Sea.