As drought conditions in Maharashtra worsen by the day, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that relief from the heavens, in the form of rainfall, could take a little longer. IMD forecasts suggest rainfall for 2019 has been delayed by at least a week. This means it will be another month, at least, before monsoons reach the beleaguered state. "Interior Maharashtra and the Marathwada regions receive very little rainfall. All depends on synoptic situation, rainfall pattern, so water conservation has to be there," Shubhangi Bhute, a scientist with the IMD, told NDTV.