In Telangana, which has been reeling under the effects of drought, 24 districts have received deficient rainfall, with the total deficit in the state reaching 35 per cent in this southwest monsoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.
The cumulative rainfall in Telangana from the beginning of this rainfall season has been 114.6 mm against the normal of 175 mm.
Telangana is left arid as the monsoon has been weak in the state. According to IMD, the deficient rainfall has been worst in Nalgonda and Khammam districts with 63 per cent and 76 per cent below normal rainfall respectively.
IMD meteorologists suggest that similar conditions are expected to continue at least till July 10. The weather department has ascribed minimal moisture for the situation.
The agriculture department, to ease the situation, has advised farmers to avoid the cultivation of soya beans, maize and cotton — the most widely grown —as they require a lot of water.
IMD had earlier forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall on July 2 and the whole of first week. However, in the first week of July, the rains continue to be deficient.
Nevertheless, authorities are hopeful that July and September would make up for the deficit in June.