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  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that India received above normal monsoon during the four-month rainy season.
  • With this, the country recorded the second highest precipitation in the last 30 years.
  • The country received 109 per cent rainfall of the Long Period Average (LPA), resulting in above normal rainfall.
  • Nineteen states and union territories received normal downpour in the year 2020.
  • While nine states and union territories – Bihar, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Goa, Andhra Pradesh Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Lakshadweep islands received above normal rainfall.
  • Sikkim recorded large excess rainfall.
  • States that recorded deficiency in this year include Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Ladakh recorded large deficiency.
  • The withdrawal was also late this year.
  • The southwest monsoon in India delivers approximately 70 per cent of the country’s annual rainfall, which is critical to the agricultural sector that accounts for about 14 per cent of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and provides employment to over half of India’s population.
  • According to IMD, there are four meteorological divisions. Of these four, the east and northeast India, central India and south India received above normal rainfall, while the northwest India division recorded deficiency.

    SRC : DTE