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Monsoon to begin its retreat from northwest soon

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New Delhi: After giving good rainfall, the Southwest monsoon is all set for a retreat beginning from the northwest in the next 24 hours.

"Conditions are becoming favourable for commencement of withdrawal of southwest monsoon from west Rajasthan and adjoining areas of northwest India during the next 24 hours," said the meteorological department in a statement issued this evening.

In other parts, however, the monsoon has been vigorous. They include south interior and north interior of Karnataka and active over Himachal Pradesh and Kerala, the statement said.

The axis of monsoon trough currently passes through Amritsar, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Gaya and Keonjhargarh.

On September 1, the Met office had said that the southwest monsoon, has accounted for 98 per cent rainfall between June and August in the country.

It is expected to continue the momentum this month as well, as it enters its last phase.

Attributing the normal rainfall to the absence of El Nino phenomenon, the met department said the actual rainfall received between June and August has been good for the country as a whole especially in central India where the rainfall has been 128 per cent of the long period average.

According to the department, while the actual rainfall received across the country between June and August has been 110 per cent, central India had 128 per cent rainfall and North West India 121 per cent rainfall.

North East, which usually receives heavy rainfall, however, recorded 72 per cent rainfall during this period, the Met Department had said.

Monsoon is crucial for the kharif crops such as rice, soyabean, cotton and maize as almost 60 per cent of the farm land in the country is rainfed.

PTI

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