Scientists term climate change responsible for rainfall deficit in Central India

Updated On : 14 Sep , 2017 , 08:54 AM
Representational Image (Source: PTI)
Representational Image (Source: PTI)
New Delhi:

Two major states in Central India - Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh likely to remain rainfall-deficient this monsoon. On the other hand, the southwest region gears up to welcome more rains.

Meteorologists have termed climate change responsible for this year’s unpredictable rainfall. Severe flooding was seen in Assam, West Bengal, Gujarat and Rajasthan in the months of July and August.

The data released by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed rain-deficient by 10 per cent till September 12. Talking about Delhi, Haryana, Nagaland and Goa, 23 per cent to 42 per cent rainfall deficient was scene.

In 2016, the scenario was totally different as Madhya Pradesh received 19 per cent excess rainfall.

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D Sivananda Pai, head, climate research division at IMD said, “This year, rainfall was largely localised rather than being distributed over a region. Heavy rains occurred in a short period of time, within two to four days, which was followed by a prolonged dry spell over the same region.”

“This is a typical break-monsoon type, attributed to be one of the features associated with climate change,” he further added.

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First Published : Thursday, September 14, 2017 08:27 AM
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