Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh received around 15 percent more rainfall during the current Southwest monsoon so far. India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that parts of the state may experience rainfall till mid-October.
The cumulative rainfall during this year's Southwest Monsoon season till September 19 has been surplus by around 15 percent and it may increase in the coming days. The Southwest monsoon arrived in Andhra Pradesh on June 13, one week late than the scheduled date. This year, most parts of the state received good rainfall throughout the season, except in June.
Director of IMD-Amaravati S Stella Andhra Pradesh recorded a total of 528.7 mm rainfall between June 1 and September 19, 2022, which is around 15 percent more than the normal 461 mm. As of now only Krishna, Prakasam, and Visakhapatnam received slightly deficient rainfall of 1 to 2 percent, while the remaining districts in the state received more rainfall, she added.
Andhra Pradesh recorded a total of 613.3 mm of rainfall between June 1 and September 30, 2021 (Southwest Monsoon period), which is around 19 percent more than the normal 514 mm. In 2020, Andhra Pradesh recorded a total of 738.2 mm of rainfall between June 1 and September 30, which is around 44 percent more than the normal 514 mm.
The IMD said that the withdrawal of the southwest monsoon is likely to commence in the week. The IMD-Amaravati predicted that the southwest monsoon is likely to withdraw from Andhra Pradesh by around October 15, this year.
A Low-Pressure Area (LPA) has formed over the northwest and adjoining the west-central Bay of Bengal on Monday and it is likely to move north-westwards towards the Odisha coast and become more marked on Tuesday.
The monsoon trough at mean sea level now passes through Bhatinda, Delhi, Hardoi, Varanasi, Ranchi, Balasore, and thence eastwards to LPA over northwest and adjoining the west-central Bay of Bengal. Under the impact of the system, parts of the north coastal Andhra Pradesh experienced light to heavy rainfall on Monday. Heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places over West Godavari, East Godavari, and Visakhapatnam districts on Tuesday, the IMD predicted.
The monsoon rains helped the farmers with paddy and other crops and reduced dependency on tube wells in more parts of the state. The farmers are expecting a good yield of paddy and others this year and they are expecting rainfall activity till October.
The normal rainfall during the SW monsoon in AP is 514 mm
AP government has set a target of cultivation in 94 lakh acres for Kharif season 2022.
It has proposed to cultivate paddy on 40.34 lakh acres of land, groundnut on 18.40 lakh acres, and cotton on 14.82 lakh acres.
Anantapur district received 511 mm rainfall so far, which is over 79 percent in 2022
West Godavari and East Godavari districts received over 30 percent of excess rainfall so far in 2022
Eight states in the country have recorded rainfall deficits during the SW monsoon in 2022.