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New Delhi: The month of June is likely to end with 15 to 16 percent surplus rainfall and the northwest region in particular will get heavy showers in the next 48 hours, compensating the 7 percent deficit so far, private weather forecaster Skymet as well as the IMD said on Wednesday.

Skymet official Mahesh Palawat said the overall rainfall in the country has been 23 percent “above average” till June 23 as he ruled out fears of possibility of a drought-like situation or any effect on crops.

“The rain is above average all over the country and it only the northwest region consisting of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan that has registered a 7 percent deficit in rainfall.

“However, heavy rain is expected in this region in the next 48 hours, which will make up for the deficient rain,” Palawat told IANS.

Moreover, majority of the states in the northwest region have irrigation facilities and are not dependent solely on rain, he said. 

“It is the central region of India that depends on rainfall for crop irrigation and this area has received the most rainfall so far – 51 percent above the average,” he said.

Similarly, the western, central, eastern, northeastern and southern India have also received surplus rainfall till June 23.

“The first week of July will see scanty rain all over the country, but the monsoon will pick up after that and overall, July will get average rainfall,” Palawat said further.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) too said that the monsoon is progressing normally and the rainfall till has been above average.

“There will be rainfall in the northwest region in the next two days,” said an IMD official.

(IANS)

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Vaccination Not Forced on Children: Delhi Health Authorities

The prime target, according to the Ministry, is immunising children in the pre-schools, school children from both government and private institutions and those out of school

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Vaccination not forced on children: Delhi health authorities. Flickr

The measles and rubella (MR) vaccination programme, which was deferred following an intervention by the Delhi High Court, does not override the consent of students, said state’s health authorities for the campaign.

“It is totally wrong to say that vaccination was administered without consent. Though there has never been the process of seeking permission for any vaccination from guardians, people are free to refuse vaccination as we don’t force anyone,” Dr Suresh Seth, Delhi programme chief for immunisation told IANS on Wednesday.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday deferred implementation of the “Measles and Rubella (MR) Vaccine Immunisation Campaign”, saying that vaccination cannot be administered “forcibly” and without the consent of parents.

The court’s order came while hearing pleas by parents of some minor students at city’s schools alleging that the MR campaign is a “violation of the fundamental rights” of the students as their consent had not been taken.

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A child receives a vaccination shot at a hospital in Rongan in China’s southern Guangxi region on July 23, 2018. VOA

“We will comply with court’s orders. Our preparations are same and will start the very next day the high court gives clearance for the campaign,” Dr Seth said.

The Delhi Health Department will also share inputs with the Health and Welfare Family Ministry, which has been asked by the high court to respond by January 21.

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The measles and rubella vaccination campaign was scheduled to begin in the national capital from January 15, aiming at immunising nearly 55 lakh children in the age group of 9 months up to 15 years across 11 districts of Delhi.

The prime target, according to the Ministry, is immunising children in the pre-schools, school children from both government and private institutions and those out of school. (IANS)