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Late monsoon rally cuts deficit to 8 per cent

India faced 8 per cent deficient rainfall than normal at the end of the four-month long south-west monsoon season as a late rally washed away the spectre of possible drought.

twitter-logo PTI   New Delhi     Last Updated: October 2, 2012  | 18:49 IST

India faced 8 per cent deficient rainfall than normal at the end of the four-month long south-west monsoon season as a late rally washed away the spectre of possible drought.

Belying fears of little rainfall due to adverse El Nino conditions, the month of September ended with a 11 per cent excess as the country received 192 mm rains as against the average of 173.5 mm, weather office data showed.

The monsoon season begins with the onset of rains in Kerala usually on June 1 and ends on September 30.

The south-west monsoon entered the withdrawal phase on September 24-25, but this activity has also been sluggish as east and northeast regions continued to get seasonal showers.

The India Meteorological Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh over the next three days.

It has also forecast heavy rainfall over coastal Andhra Pradesh, North coastal Tamil Nadu, Rayalseema, Telangana and interior Karnataka on Wednesday.

"There has been no delay. The withdrawal process on monsoon begins in September and continues till October 15," IMD Director General Laxman Singh Rathore said.

He said soon after the withdrawal of south-west monsoon, the north-west monsoon season would begin by October 20 and continue till December.

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