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AHMEDABAD: A storm threat loomed over the south Gujarat and Saurashtra coasts on Tuesday heralding the onset of monsoon in the state. The Met department warned moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorm activity in northern and southern parts of the state, including Kutch, in 48 hours beginning Tuesday morning.

Pune If rains continue to stay away from the catchment areas, the water for Pune city will last around 20 days. The water storage in Panshet, Khadakwasla, Temghar and Warasgaon dams have dipped to a low of 0.9 TMC. Irrigation officials say such a delay in rains over dam sites and catchment areas was last observed in 1982, more than 27 years ago.

New Delhi: With the delay in monsoon raising concerns over farm output, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked officials to monitor the situation closely on a daily basis.

The seasonal rain, which ought to have covered most parts of the country by now, has stopped in its tracks near Mumbai.

IMD has been predicting a normal monsoon during the June-September season since March.

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Ahmedabad : India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ahmedabad is set to procure a state-of-the-art Doppler Radar to track weather conditions more accurately in and around city. According to IMD officials, this sophisticated weather prediction system that can detect weather conditions within a radius of 500 km, will be in place by next year.

There have been several air circulation disturbances in the recent past. Heat waves have scorched Orissa and West Bengal, while cyclonic storms took shape in the Bay of Bengal. Scientists pore over data to explain the unusual weather, writes Archita Bhatta

The agriculture ministry is preparing a contingency plan to prevent food shortage----------

For the first time in 30 years, India stares at the probability of a drought, which threatens to worsen the already precarious food demand-supply balance and plunge the country into a deeper food security crisis.

There is as yet no serious damage to kharif prospects.

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