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10.1% deficit rainfall during June-September in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, October 4, 2017: The cumulative average rainfall of the State from June to September, 2017 remained 1,028.3 mm against the LTA of 1,144.3 mm which accounts for a deficit of 10.1%.

Only Gajapati district received surplus rainfall more than 19% during the period from June 1to September 30.

The 20 districts, which received normal rainfall (+ 19% to - 19%) during this period, are Rayagada, Kalahandi, Ganjam, Nabarangpur,

Khurda, Malkangiri, Jharsuguda, Cuttack, Deogarh, Koraput, Puri, Sundargarh, Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh, Kendrapara, Sambalpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Kandhamal and Nuapada.

Rainfall in nine districts including Subarnapur, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Bargarh, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Bolangir and Angul remained deficit between 19% and 39%.

There were a total of 49.8 rainy days against the normal average of 52.4 rainy days – 10 in June, 15.6 in July, 15.1 in August and 9.1 rainy days in September.

Going by the block-wise rainfall data, 45 blocks have received surplus rainfall (19%), 155 blocks normal rainfall (-19% to - 19%), 87 blocks deficit rainfall (-19% to -39%), 25 blocks severe deficit rainfall (-39% to -59%) and two blocks experienced scanty rainfall (shortfall of -59%) during the four months of June, July, August and September cumulatively.

Two blocks which have experienced scanty rainfall are Odapada in Dhenkanal district (-62.2%) and Hatadihi in Keonjhar district (-60.2%) during the four months.

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