SHIMLA: On Friday the Weather bureau has conveyed that, the southwest monsoon has linger 26 per cent shortfall so far in Himachal Pradesh, with five out of 12 districts observing less than standard rainfall. The monsoon so far is underneath average in most parts of the state despite usual spells of rainfall. An official at the meteorological office has conveyed IANS that, the deficiency in districts range from 20 to 83 per cent. He also has further conveyed that, the increasing rainfall during the monsoon period from June 1 to July 21 was 219.1 mm next to the normal rainfall of 295.7 mm, which was 26 per cent less than the regular rainfall.
Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba and Sirmaur districts received 83, 60, 53 and 22 per cent deficit rain during this period. Since Thursday though rain occurred at most places in the state with Amb receiving 62 mm, the utmost in the state, followed by 59 mm in Gaggal, 56 mm in Nahan, 43 mm in Jogindernagar and 41 m in Palampur town. State capital Shimla saw 18 mm rain. Over this Weekend they have predicted rain or thundershowers at many places. Agriculture is the main occupation of the people in the state, providing direct employment to 69 per cent of its workforce. More than 80 per cent horticultural and agricultural activities here are rainfed.