Monsoon covers entire India, 17 days ahead of schedule

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NEW DELHI: The monsoon has covered the entire country, 17 days ahead of its normal onset date, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday.

The monsoon reached Sriganganagar, its last outpost in the country located in west Rajasthan. Its normal date to reach Sriganganagar was July 15.

“The monsoon today covered the entire country,” additional director general Mritunjay Mohapatra said on Friday.

The monsoon covers the entire country by July 1 but West Rajasthan gets rainfall later, he said.

But this year, due to good easterly rains, it has taken the rain to the entire country early, Mohapatra added. The four-month monsoon season normally begins from June 1 and ends on September 30.

This year, monsoon touched Kerala on May 29, three days ahead of its normal onset date of June 1. It battered the western coast in the first half of June.

However, after a brief lull, it made a steady advance. On Thursday, it reached Kerala, a day ahead of its schedule.

The monsoon deficiency, which until early this week was 10%, went down to 6% on Friday.

The Southwest Monsoon gives 70% rainfall to the country, where agriculture still remains a major contributor to the GDP.