India, May 15 -- Vidarbha and Marathwada in Maharashtra are in the belt that may receive the lowest rainfall across the country this monsoon. According to private weather forecasting agency Skymet, which released its region-wise rainfall forecast for the southwest monsoon on Tuesday, these regions may witness a below-normal or deficient monsoon this year.

Skymet's forecast warned that the monsoon may have "a weak onset over the Indian subcontinent, resulting in a sluggish start". For central India, which includes Vidarbha and Marathwada, Skymet has forecasted a 9% deficit in rainfall. "Districts in Vidarbha and Marathwada have to be on drought watch and take precautionary measures," said Jatin Singh, managing director, Skymet.

On April ...