Odisha records 17.4% less rain in August

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has recorded an average rainfall of 293.9 mm in August, a shortfall of 17.4% against the long term average (LTA) of 356 mm, the office of Special Relief Commissioner said.

The cumulative rainfall of the state from June to August remained 842.4 mm against the LTA of 912.4 mm – a shortfall of 7.7%.

Malkangiri district received the highest rainfall of 493.8 mm, while Boudh district the lowest rainfall of 192 mm during the month.

Gajapati and Ganjam districts each received surplus rainfall of more than 19% during the period from June 1 to August 31.

The 18 districts that received normal rainfall (+ 19% to – 19%) are Rayagada, Nawarangpur, Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Khordha, Koraput, Puri, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Jagatsinghpur, Sundargarh, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Nayagarh, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur and Bhadrak.

Rainfall in 10 districts including Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Nuapada, Jajpur, Bolangir, Boudh, Angul and Dhenkanal remained deficit between 19% and 39%.

There were a total 40.7 rainy days during June to August this year against the normal average of 40.9 days. There were 10 rainy days in June, 15.6 rainy days in July and 15.1 rainy days in August.

Going by the block-wise rainfall data, 62 blocks have received surplus rainfall (+19%), 151 blocks normal rainfall (+ 19% to – 19%), 75 blocks deficit rainfall (-19% to -39%), 24 blocks severe deficit rainfall (-39% to -59%) and two blocks experienced scanty rainfall (shortfall of 59%) during the three months from June to August, cumulatively.

Two blocks which have experienced scanty rainfall are Odapada in Dhenkanal district (-71.9%) and Kaniha in Angul district (-59.5%).

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