Monsoon retreats from State, rainfall scarcity in five districts


Bhubaneswar: Monsoon retreated from Odisha as mercury is set to drop in state, said Bhubaneswar IMD Office Director Sarat Sahu said on Sunday with sources saying rainfall deficit has been witnessed by momentous margin in as many as five different districts leading to drought like scenarios in them, while 24 other districts have normal or less than normal precipitation graphs.

According to information, the State recorded 26.6 per cent rainfall deficit in the month of June while 18.5 per cent deficit in July.

Similarly, due to some low pressure systems the rainfall deficit shrunk to about 7.1 per cent below normal during the month of August while during September when the retreat of monsoon should have led to more rains of rains for the state instead a deficit of 18.9 per cent was seen.

IMD’s prediction of 113 per cent surplus monsoon rainfall fell short of credibility. It would have been worse had low pressure systems not boosted the rain bearing winds.

At least 8 monsoon low pressure systems hovered over the Bay of Bengal’s Odisha coast leading to compensation of rainfall deficit, meteorologists say.

Districts like Deogarh, Bolangir, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Jharsuguda recorded below normal precipitations ranging from 27 to 38 per cent deficiency. This has triggered drought like situations once again in western Odisha just like last year, sources said.

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