Bhubaneswar: Despite arrival of monsoon in Odisha quite late this season, the State received normal rainfall in July, regional centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD) here informed.
Normal rainfall was possible due to formation of two low pressure systems in the month after monsoon became active. On the contrary, scanty rainfall of nearly 39 per cent was recorded in June.
The State witnessed 8 per cent less rainfall in July as compared to the previous year, but can be termed as ‘normal’, the IMD regional centre clarified.
According to IMD sources, a total of 508.1 mm rainfall was recorded in between July 1 and July 31, which is 8 percent less than the normal rainfall of 550.7 mm.
Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj and Bhadrak districts recorded scanty rainfall. So far, Sundargarh has recorded 361.2 mm rainfall, which is 39 per cent less than normal. However, Boudh and Kandhamal districts received more than normal rainfall in July.
Remaining 24 districts in the State received normal rainfall in July, the regional centre stated.
Normal rainfall in July was beneficial in taking up farming activities, the IMD added.