Clouds loom over Jubilee Park in Jamshedpur on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Aug. 10: A good spell of rain in Jharkhand in the last two-three days stopped the alarming rise in the state’s average monsoon deficit, while encouraging forecasts for the coming week held out hope of salvaging farmer fortunes.
The low pressure-induced rain bounty over the last 48 hours meant that Jharkhand’s average monsoon deficit had, in fact, decreased from 31 per cent (on August 8) to around 29 per cent (on August 10).
So far, the state has received 457.6mm rain against a seasonal average of 648.7mm.
The low pressure system, that led to the much-needed wet spell, has become weak and has moved towards Madhya Pradesh. But Patna Meteorological Office predicted another spell of rains from tomorrow.
“The low-pressure area over Jharkhand, which led to widespread rain across the state, has moved towards north-east Madhya Pradesh. It led to normal rainfall in most parts of the state, although on August 7, some districts even experienced above normal showers,” said A.K. Sen, director of the Patna Met office.
He predicted more rains in Jharkhand.
“There will be another spell of good rains from Sunday as the axis of the monsoon trough is passing through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. That will bring down the rain deficit further.”
The good news for Jharkhand is that the rain deficit had not spiralled in the last three days.
“Jharkhand will have rainfall activity till August 21 and we are hopeful that the speculation of drought will die down with rainfall across the state in the next few days,” added Sen, referring to the spectre of the “D-word” hanging over the mineral-rich state.
This year, the monsoon arrived in Jharkhand on June 10, well within schedule. But, the rainfall dramatically dipped in July due to frequent shifting of the monsoon trough.
Meteorologically, a state is declared drought-hit if the monsoon deficit reaches 59 per cent or above.
As of today, only four districts — Koderma (59), Chatra (58), Dumka (50) and Seraikela-Kharsawan (50) — were close to the deficit danger mark. Gumla continued to enjoy surplus rain — 5 per cent now, down three points from August 8 levels.
Chatra, which had way surpassed the drought mark with 69 per cent on August 8, improved to 58 per cent today, a notch less than the D-mark.
The state experienced wet spells in the last 24 hours. While Sahebganj (59.4mm) witnessed a boom, other districts that got soaked were Dhanbad (29.3mm), Hazaribagh (21.1mm), Pakur (17.7mm), Giridih (14.4mm), Dumka (14.1mm) and West Singhbhum (12.8mm).
But, state capital Ranchi (1.5mm) and steel city Jamshedpur (0.5mm) bucked the trend with scanty showers, recording a mere 0.1mm and 0.5mm, respectively.