Ranchi: Several places in northern Jharkhand experienced heavy showers on Thursday. As per a forecast issued by IMD’s Ranchi Meteorological Centre monsoon trough at means, sea level was passing through Daltonganj and hence there is a possibility of heavy rain in north-western and north-eastern Jharkhand going forward.
Met department officials also did not rule out thundershowers and lightning activity in isolated places over the state. Most places across the state would witness a generally cloudy sky on Friday. This year’s weak monsoon has resulted in a rain deficit of 50 per cent so far posing a drought threat in over 12 districts including Chatra, Godda, Sahibganj, Pakur, Jamtara and Deoghar which has recorded scanty rainfall wherein the deficit is between 60 and 99 per cent.
Against a normal of 467.4 mm the state has so far received an average annual rainfall of 234.4 mm which is a deficit of 50 per cent. Weathermen said the huge rain deficit would prevail at the end of July the second monsoon month also.