The Telugu States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have received below normal rainfall during the monsoon season from 1st June to 20th July.
Rainfall for the country as a whole for the monsoon season from 1st June to 20th July, is 322.6 mm as against the normal rainfall of 348.0 mm which is 7% below the long period average (LPA). This information was given by Union Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Y.S.Chowdary in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. He informed that the Southern Peninsula (which includes Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) received 12% deficient rainfall, so far, during the monsoon.
“Below normal rainfall over India as a whole realized so far during monsoon-2015 is largely attributable to the weak monsoon scenario prevailed for over 3-weeks during 26 June -18 July 2015. The rainfall forecast over the country as a whole during July is likely to be 92% of LPA and 90% of LPA during August both with a model error of ±9%. El Nino has adversely affected the monsoon so far. As per the model forecasts, it is also expected to affect the monsoon in the coming months. According to the latest status, moderate EL Nino conditions are persisting in the Pacific and latest forecasts indicate that the EL Nino conditions are likely to strengthen further during the remaining months of the monsoon season and post-monsoon season,” the Minister informed.
As against the normal rainfall of 213.2 mm, Andhra Pradesh received 13% deficient rainfall of 186.2 mm. Similarly, the Telangana received 258.1 mm (-7%), as against the normal rainfall of 276.5% during the period from 1st June to 20th July. (INN)