AGARTALA, Oct 17 - The four-month-long southwest monsoon has withdrawn from eastern and North Eastern States and most parts of India during the last few days, a top Met department official said on Tuesday.
According to the rainfall data of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the monsoon (June to September) rainfall was normal in seven of the 11 eastern and North Eastern States, deficient in three States and excess in one.
According to scientists of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and other agricultural experts, the quantum of monsoon rainfall is �more or less good� for both kharif and rabi crops in the North Eastern and eastern region in the country.
�After analysing the latest data and necessary weather conditions by the top IMD officials on Monday, it was declared that the southwest monsoon has withdrawn from eastern, North Eastern States and most parts of India during the past few days,� IMD Director Dilip Saha told this news agency.
�The onset of southwest monsoon from Kerala and then eastern India is normally in June and the withdrawal starts from northern India around September 30,� he said, adding that the withdrawal of southwest monsoon normally begins in the North Eastern region from the first and second week of October, though this year, both the onset of monsoon from Kerala and withdrawal of monsoon in the northern parts of the country were slightly delayed.
As per the IMD rainfall data, among the 11 eastern and North Eastern States, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Bihar witnessed normal rainfall (four to 18 per cent scarce) as these States witnessed less than 20 per cent deficient rainfall from the stipulated normal rainfall during June to September.
The North Eastern state of Manipur experienced 57 per cent shortage of downpour during the monsoon, while the Himalayan state of Sikkim witnessed 23 per cent excess rainfall compared to the stipulated average rainfall during the four-month monsoon period. � IANS