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Madhya Pradesh to have 10 per cent deficit rain this year: Met dept
Bhopal: While the country stares at a deficit monsoon this year, Madhya Pradesh will have a shortfall of less than 10 per cent, according to meteorological department. Rain deficit for the country is forecast at 12 per cent. 
Releasing its monsoon forecast for Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday meteorological department, Bhopal circle advised people not to panic, and said monsoon is likely to hit MP on June 12 and 14 and is likely to cover the entire state by June 18. 
Met department, in charge director Anupam Kashyapi said “there are two monsoon branches of MP - the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Both branches are gradually getting active. The monsoon forecast is based on the onset of monsoon over Kerala by June 5.” 
Before monsoon hits the state, denizens would get respite from the scorching heat wave through pre-monsoon activities. Monsoon will hit the state early this time than previous year. 
During four months of monsoon between June to September west MP is likely to get 788.4 mm rain, which would be 90 mm less than normal and east MP is likely to get 946 mm rain that would be around 110 mm less than the normal. 
Rainfall expected in different months in west MP is 94.8 mm in June, 262.6 mm, 277.6 mm and 153.4 mm in July, August and September respectively. 
Similarly for east MP it will be 120.2 mm, 312.9 mm, 332.9 mm and 180.0 mm respectively in the months of June, July, August and September. 
Monsoon would be good in first half and but is likely to be weak in August and September due to effect of El Nino and other factors, said met officials. 
Officials said 10 per cent deficit is considered normal. For farmers, officials said crop duration should not be more than three months. Rice farmers, in particular, should go for alternate crops if they do not have sufficient water source. Overall the advisory was for water harvesting and crop insurance. 
It was probably for the first time that local met office issued a monsoon forecast.