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State Gets Less Rainfall

Bhubaneswar: The State has received 169.6 mm rainfall during the monsoon period (till today) which is 3 percent less than the normal average rainfall of 175.3 mm, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said here on Saturday.   

Sundergarh district recorded the highest 255.3 mm rainfall during the period of June 1 to June 26, while lowest rainfall of 79.5 mm recorded in Ganjam district, the IMD said.

At least 11 out of 30 districts have received deficit rainfall till date during the ensuing monsoon season, Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said, Saturday. The districts are—Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Boudh, Bolangir, Kandhamal, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada and Nabarangpur have recorded deficit rainfall ranging from 20 to 59 per cent during the period, the IMD said.

Bhadrak district recorded highest 49 per cent deficit, followed by Ganjam & Gajapati (46 per cent deficit each), Kandhamal (35 per cent), Jajpur (34 per cent), Keonjhar (27 per cent), Bolangir (26 per cent), Nabarangpur (25 per cent) and Mayurbhanj, Rayagada & Boudh (24 per cent), it said. 

Only Puri district has received large excess rainfall of above 60 percent than the normal rainfall. The district received 220 mm rainfall which is 66 percent more than the normal downpour.

Districts like Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sonepur, Nuapada, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara & Koraput have recorded excess rainfall of 20 to 59 percent.

The remaining nine districts have received normal rainfall during the 26 days. The districts are—Balasore, Dhenkanal, Angul, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Nayagarh, Khurda, Kalahandi and Malkangiri.