Less than 14 pc average rainfall in Jharkhand, situation worrisome in 9 districts

Ranchi: The Monsoon rainfall in the state has so far been deficient of 14 percent as against average rainfall of 644.7 mm the state has only recorded 553.1 mm of rainfall.

As per the data provided by the health department the situation in 9 districts including Gumla, Khunti, Deoghar, Chatra, Bokaro, Pakur, Sahebganj, Saraikela and West Singhbhum was worrisome. Among the districts the condition of Gumla was most worrisome as the average rainfall in the district was a deficit of 52 percent while in Khunti it was a shortfall of 40 percent, Deoghar 47 percent, Bokaro 23 percent, Chatra 24 percent, Pakur 36 percent, Sahebganj 34 percent, Saraikela 32 percent and West Singhbhum had recorded less than 23 percent of average rainfall.

On the other hand, three districts namely Palamu, Latehar and Ramgarh have received more than average rainfall of 32, 24 and 21 percent respectively. In the other 11 districts normal rainfall has been reported.

As per the weather department in the last 24 hours Monsoon has remained weak in the state however in some of the areas light to medium range of rainfall while at one or two places heavy rainfall has been reported.  Pakuria in Pakur district has received a maximum rainfall of 141 mm. However, the MET has predicted better rains till August 16 across several areas. For August 13 a yellow alert has been issued where heavy rainfall and lightning has been predicted in many areas.

On the other hand, in Sahebganj the Ganga river was flowing 39 cm above the danger level due to which the maize crop has been destroyed. The district administration is gearing up to tackle flood-like situation.

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