BHOPAL: This monsoon has turned out to be one of the driest monsoons in Madhya Pradesh in the last four years as one-fourth of Madhya Pradesh is rain deficient. In the absence of any fresh weather system developing it is unlikely that rain deficit would be covered before monsoon retreats from the state by September 30. Only seven districts are rain surplus and situation is grim in eastern and western parts of the state. According to meteorological department normal rainfall in state is 990 mm rain of which state has received 756.5 mm rain till Wednesday. The deficit is 16% as 905.7 mm is considered as normal till Sept 17. Last dry monsoon was in 2009 when state had received 692.6 mm rain. Scanty rain is likely to affect agriculture production especially rice and soyabean crop. Once the moisture dries up after monsoon, temperatures too are likely to go up. Overall rainfall in state generally measured from June 1 to September 30. Met department, Bhopal circle, in charge director Anupam Kashyapi told TOI, barring 15 districts rainfall is close to normal at remaining places. In the days left south MP is likely to get rain, but the situation would be by and large the same at other places, he said. In the 15 districts with scanty rain the shortage is 25% or more while at remaining places the shortage is less than 25%, which as per the met department is considered as close to normal.

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Source: Times of India (Dated 18 Sep 2014)