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96 per cent chances of monsoon to be normal or excess this year: IMD

PTI
Published Jun 2, 2016, 5:49 pm IST
Updated Jun 2, 2016, 9:00 pm IST
Due to poor monsoon in 2015-16 crop year (July-June), 10 states have declared drought.
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New Delhi: Ruling out the possibility of a deficient monsoon, India Meteorological Department on Thursday said 96% chances are that the rainfall this year would be normal to excess.

Releasing the second long-range forecast, IMD Director General Laxman Singh Rathore said North-West India will recieve 108% rainfall of the Long Period Average while central India and southern peninsula will recieve 113 per cent of LPA.

 

The North-Eastern Region is expected to get 94 per cent of rainfall which is "below normal". 

Anything less than 90% of the LPA is termed as a "deficient" monsoon and 90-96% of the LPA is rated as "below normal". Monsoon is considered "normal" if the LPA is between 96 and 104% of the LPA.

"Above normal" monsoon is between 104-110% of the LPA and anything beyond 110% is considered "excess".

Agriculture, which contributes 15 per cent to India's GDP and employs about 60% of the country's population, is heavily dependent on the monsoon as only 40% of the cultivable area is under irrigation.

 

Due to poor monsoon in 2015-16 crop year (July-June), 10 states have declared drought and the Centre has sanctioned about Rs 10,000 crore by way of relief to help the farmers.

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