Southwest monsoon’s retreat begins after three week’s delay: IMD

After a three-week delay, the has started withdrawing from the northern parts of the country, the Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday. There is an overall shortfall of 5 per cent in rain till now.
The retreat of the rains usually starts in the first week of September.
Till Wednesday, almost 34 per cent of the country’s 660 districts had received deficient rain; many of these were staring at a drought. 
“In view of the establishment of an anti­cyclone in the lower tropospheric levels, substantial reduction in moisture content and dry weather prevailing over the region, the has withdrawn from some parts of Punjab, Haryana, most parts of west Rajasthan, some parts of Kutch and north Arabian Sea, today (Wednesday),” the said in its weather update.
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