Pune : Monsoon intensifies in Pune, heavy rain since morning 

Pune : Apart from Pune, recovery is seen in parts of South Marathwada, Vidharbha, North Maharashtra, Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra, says the India Meteorological Department. 

After a month of  rain, Maharashtra’s Pune woke up to  heavy rain on Saturday morning, marking the revival of monsoons in parts of the Indian subcontinent. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the rains will continue  for the next few days. 

Pune’s Shivajinagar area received 19.6 mm of rain; Chinchwad 83.5 mm and Magarpatta  received 54.3 mm  till 8.30 am. On Saturday morning Kashyapi said the monsoon will partially resume from September 3 and  continue for the next five days.

August was the driest in  100 years, according to IMD. The rainfall of the whole country was in a great deficit of 40 percent. Except for the first few days of August, there was no rain in and around Pune  for the rest of the month. Currently, the IMD said that there are several cyclonic circulations that may lead to a low pressure area and cause additional rainfall in the region. 

Anupam Kashyapi, director of climate forecasting, said that an upper air circulation over southern Chhattisgarh, Comorin (Karnataka) and eastern Uttar Pradesh and adjoining Bihar is currently active. Low pressure is expected  over north Bay of Bengal after September 3. 

Kashyapi said that the above schemes will ensure restoration of rainfall in most parts of Maharashtra. In fact, the movement of the low pressure area over the northern Bay of Bengal would depend on how the  monsoon recovers. 

Apart from Pune, recovery can be seen in parts of South Marathwada, Vidharbha, North Maharashtra, Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra. This revival comes at a time when the lack of rains has caused widespread concern among farmers and policy makers. 

Crops like soya, cotton, hide and vegetables experienced severe moisture stress which  threatened to ruin the Kharif season for farmers. This is despite the late arrival of the monsoons due to which farmers limit their sowing. According to the IMD, a partial recovery of the monsoon may help deal with the moisture stress to some extent.

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