Meager monsoon recorded, concerned PM gears up with contingency plans

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
New Delhi: With the drought looming large and monsoon rain recording a 22 per cent deficiency Congress-led UPA government has swung in action as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday has directed all departments and ministries to co-ordinate efforts with State Governments to meet any eventuality and monitor the situation on a weekly basis. 

With monsoon rain recorded 22 percent deficiency
government has chalked out of  Contingency Plans 
The statement comes close on the heels of alarming fact that India is expected to receive less monsoon rains than predicted earlier.

Earlier, in June weather office had predicted 96 per cent rains of the long period average with a model error of 14 per cent, a PMO statement said "this is now reportedly likely to be around the lower end of the range".
As per the Meteorological Department Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab and West Rajasthan are the worst-hit regions with monsoon deficiency ranging upto 75 per cent in Saurashtra and Kutch.

The North East region, North Bihar and North Bengal have received and are likely to continue to receive heavy rainfall. The overall figure of 22% deficit can, however, be misleading as the unevenness of distribution and periodicity of rainfall are also factors to be taken into account.

The 84 major reservoirs in the country that are being monitored by the Central Water Commission have now begun to get filled but the current year storage is still 61 per cent of last year's storage.

A heartening note is that the water levels in reservoirs in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan are more than the ten yearly averages.

As a result of deficient rainfall, there has been reduction of around eight million hectares in the crop area sown compared to last year.
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