Skies pour profusely even as IMD predicts monsoon to withdraw by Sept 15
In August, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had announced September 1 as the withdrawal date of southwest monsoons, with the rains retreating from the northwest state of Rajasthan. The IMD now predicts withdrawal date to be a little after Septmber 15.
Weather experts claim that when there is no rainfall for five continious days, it is an indicator that the southwest monsoon has begun its annual withdrawal. But it seems that the withdrawal is unlikely to happen in the near future as the skies pour continuously and more widespread rain reign the forecast for weeks to come.
India as a whole has received three percent more than its annual average of rain till now. The IMD predicted heavy rainfall in parts of the west and east Madhya Pradesh till September 13.
The average rainfall in Madhya Pradesh throughout the monsoon season from June 1 to September 30 is 952 mm, but it has already crossed 1100 mm as on September 12—28 percent above normal. Water levels have been rising in Wainganga, Narmada, Chambal, Betwa, and Ken, following the extremely heavy rainfall in the past few days.
Rajasthan too suffered from the flood-like situation in many of its districts at the end of July due to incessant rainfall over a few days. The state as a whole received 152 percent more rainfall than normal in the last week of July.
On the other hand, Maharashtra received 55 percent more than their monsoon average which has been deemed ‘excess’ by the Meteorological Department. Mumbai itself has received a staggering 3,333 millimeters of rain since June 1.
In August itself, over 1.2 million people were forced to leave their homes as floodwaters inundated towns and cities across four states - Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Kerala.