This was despite IMD’s outlook for August claiming that the overall rainfall throughout the country will range from above normal to near normal in most of northern India and below normal in parts of South India.
Further, this deficit belies the situation in south India, especially the disastrous flood situation in Kerala, with ~400 people losing their lives and 8 lakh forced out of their homes. Vigorous monsoon conditions have also led to flood-type situations in some other states like Karnataka, interior Maharashtra, Telangana, and MP, though not on the same scale.
Meanwhile, as per Skymet’s estimations, in terms of divisions, the southern peninsula has witnessed rain surplus by 9% and central India has witnessed normal rains. Meanwhile, east and north-east India are most rain-deficient at -27%, followed by northwest India at 4%.