HYDERABAD: With Telangana state witnessing a deficit rainfall this monsoon thus far, the weathermen have failed to provide any ray of hope to the plight of farmers. According to officials of the Hyderabad Meteorological Centre, rainfall in Telangana is expected to be on the lower side in August and September.
“Rainfall in July has been more or less as we had expected it to be. I would say that rainfall is normal. However, we expect it to be on the lower side in August,” YK Reddy, director-in-charge, Hyderabad Meteorological Centre, says.
Most parts of Telangana have experienced severe deficit rainfall from the start of the monsoon (June 1 till July 15). Medak district has been the worst-affected with a staggering 47 per cent rainfall deficit, followed by Mahbubnagar (42 per cent) and Nizamabad (40 per cent). Hyderabad city has witnessed a deficit rainfall of 15 per cent since the start of the monsoon season.
On the other hand, Khammam and Warangal districts witnessed more rainfall than expected with 57 and 55 per cent respectively.
“As per our estimate, there is likely to be a rainfall deficit in August and September as well in Telangana state,” observed YK Reddy.
Meanwhile, Met officials have predicted moderate to heavy rain or thundershowers at select locations across Telangana in the next 24 hours.
“The upper air cyclonic circulation over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Jharkhand has merged with the monsoon trough. Therefore, we would expect moderate to rather heavy rain or thundershowers at a few places over Telangana in the next 24 hours,” said an official from the Hyderabad Meteorological Centre.