Overcast skies and intermittent showers notwithstanding, pre-monsoon rains in Punjab this year are deficient by 76 per cent so far, making it worst-hit state in the region and among top three across the country where rains have been sorely lacking.
Punjab has received a total of 4.6 mm rainfall from June 1 to June 17 against the normal of 19.5 mm for this period, according to data compiled by the Met Department. The monsoon generally arrives in the region around June 30.
The deficiency is higher than Punjab in UP and Vidarbha region in central India. While eastern and western UP are witnessing a shortfall of 82 per cent and 78 per cent, respectively, Vidarbha has a shortfall of 88 per cent.