More showers to wash away deficit

Published: 24th September 2016 05:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th September 2016 05:52 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: With the State facing 12 per cent deficit rainfall, the prediction for good showers till end of this month is expected to round off the monsoon season on a favourable note.

As on Friday, eight districts reported deficient rain with Deogarh topping the list with 39 per cent shortfall.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Odisha has received 972 mm rain since June 1 against a normal rainfall measure of 1109 mm. With rainfall intensity expected to increase over the weekend, the deficiency is expected to be covered.

Director, IMD, Odisha Sarat Chandra Sahu said a cyclonic circulation is likely to induce more rains over the State which could wipe out the deficit. The low pressure over Andhra Pradesh has been bringing in showers and the cyclonic circulations will usher in more rains from Sunday onwards. The rainy spell could continue till September 28. The showers are expected in catchments of Subarnarekha, Brahmani, Baitarani and upper Mahanadi.

On Friday, Jaipur in Balasore recorded 72 mm rain followed by 69 mm in Pottangi, 55 mm in Bhograi and 46 mm in Nilgiri. “Most districts in interior, southern and northern pockets have received rain whereas Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nabarangpur, Nuapada and Balangir have been deprived of showers,” Sahu said.

By Friday, Balangir reported 29 per cent deficit followed by 23 per cent in Jharsuguda and Sundargarh and 24 per cent in Sambalpur. Koraput district recorded 13 per cent excess rainfall.

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