Monsoon rain has failed to meet the expectations of Delhi residents. The shortage of rainfall in Delhi can be gauged from the fact that rainfall in the capital was pegged at mere 11.3 mm by the Safdarjung Regional Observatory of the Indian Meteorological Department.
The number of the same in June last year was whopping 90.7 mm, June 2010 was 3.9 mm, June 2009 was 19 mm, June 2008 was 91.6 mm and June 2007 was 150.9 mm. The dry spell continued in July, too, with Delhi getting mere 89.5 mm of rainfall (till 8.30 am on July 28), according to Safdarjung Regional Observatory of the Meteorological Department.
The rainfall data for July last year was 111.7 mm and in July 2010, it was a whopping 239.6 mm. July 2009 saw 151.2 mm, July 2008 146.2 mm and July 2007 had 163.1 mm.
Compared to an all-India basis, rainfall in Delhi, Chandigarh and Haryana belt has been designated as ‘scanty’ from June 1 to July 27 and pegged at 71 per cent less than normal till now.