Heavy rain in August fails to beat deficit in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Despite pouring heavily in August the rainfall was not enough to make up the deficit that stood at 26 per cent at the end of the third monsoon month. However, the good news is that more showers are holding up in the sky. 

According to Met statistics, Jharkhand received 587.8 mm rain at the end of August against a normal average annual rainfall of 798.9 mm, a deficit of 26 per cent. August recorded around 300 mm of rain in Jharkhand, which was quite impressive but less rains in June and July led to the deficit. However, it is expected that good showers will take place in September, the last monsoon month which will drag down the deficit, scientists at the local weather station said.

Statistics revealed that East Singhbhum topped the rain-o-meter till August with 965.5 mm rain as against a normal of 858 mm, the district alone registered 965.5mm rain. This was followed by West Singhbhum ( three per cent surplus) while the rest of the 22 districts notched either normal or deficit rain.

The districts that recorded deficit rainfall till August 31 are Bokaro, Chatra, Dhanbad, Giridih, Godda, Gumla, Khunti, Koderma, Pakur, Ramgarh, Ranchi, Sahibganj, Saraikela-Kharsawan and Simdega. Statistics revealed that last year too August ended with deficit rainfall. IMD’s Ranchi Met Centre has issued a forecast of light to moderate rain at many places over the state going forward.

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