Monzón is still not present in Telangana

HYDERABAD: After June ended with a 35% rainfall deficit, the July rains were expected to make up for the deficit. However, the forecasts of heavy rains in the first week of July did not come true.

The weather conditions were mostly cloudy, but there was hardly any rain so far. According to the Department of Meteorology of India (IMD), the rainfall deficit for the current month is 33 percent.

The accumulated rainfall in the state this season so far is 114.6 mm compared to the normal 175 mm, said an IMD official.

Up to 24 of the 33 districts have a shortage of rain. Khammam tops the list with a 77% deficit, while Nalgonda ranks second with 66% and the third with a 61% deficit.

Two other districts also registered deficits of more than 50 cents. In 19 districts, the rainfall deficit is less than 50 percent. Rain is normal only in nine districts.

Almost 400 of the 589 'mandals' or blocks in the state also face shortages of rain.

Meteorologists attributed the deficit to the late arrival of the southwest and its slow movement. The monsoon is also not active due to the lack of favorable conditions such as the low pressure area.

The deficit of rains has severely affected agricultural activity and the prospects for cultivation in Khariff seem bleak.

According to the figures available with the irrigation department, planting operations could be carried out in only 12 lakh hectares compared to the normal 16 lakh hectares so far.

Those who have already sown the seeds are worried about the little or no rain, since the germinated seeds can dry out due to lack of water.

The planting of cotton, pulses, corn and peanuts was hampered by poor rains. Meteorologists have advised farmers not to start planting until mid-July.

Officials hope that the rains through the third week of July can help the state compensate for the deficit. The agriculture department wants to wait another 10 days before putting into operation any contingency plan.

Meanwhile, the elusive monsoon has also caused an increase in the maximum temperatures of the day and there has been increasing concern about the fall of water levels in reservoirs and the fall of the water table.

Khammam and Nalgonda registered a maximum temperature of 39.4 degrees Celsius, about six notches above normal.

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