Jamshedpur, Aug. 18: The Patna Meteorological Office today predicted widespread rain for Jharkhand in the next 48 hours due to cyclonic circulation and the axis of monsoon trough passing through Bankura in Bengal at a time when the Hemant Soren government is under huge political pressure to declare the state as drought-hit.
But ruling out the possibility of a drought, a senior weather analyst said he was optimistic that rainfall over the next few days would make up the deficit. As of today, monsoon deficit is 28 per cent, with a rainfall of 517.1mm against a seasonal average of 720.4mm.
Weathermen, promising a shower bounty in August, also said Jharkhand would get more rain compared to Bihar in the next few days.
Today, the axis of the monsoon trough passed through Bikaner (Rajasthan), Bareilly and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Gaya (Bihar) and Bankura (Bengal), extending upto the north-west Bay of Bengal.
“A cyclonic circulation extending upto the mid-troposphere over Bihar and adjoining Uttar Pradesh resulted in moisture incursion in the atmosphere and formation of dense clouds over Jharkhand,” said B.N. Chaudhary, a senior official in Patna.
He added that conditions were favourable for rainfall as the axis of monsoon trough was rightly placed, moving upwards and inclining towards Jharkhand.
“So, we issued a forecast of widespread rain today for the next 48 hours,” he added.
A rainy spell has already started across most parts of the state. Rain records span both downpour and drizzle — Latehar (60mm), Panki in Palamau (40mm), Chatra (40mm), Daltonganj, Sikadia in Santhal Pargana (20mm), Khunti and Konner in Bokaro (10mm), Jamshedpur (3mm) and Ranchi (2mm).
This year, monsoon was punctual in June, but lost steam in July, proving a nightmare for paddy farmers in a rain-fed state.
In August, copious rainfall occurred in patches.
Yet, data suggests none of the 24 districts figure on the surplus list. Chatra tops the deficit list with 52 per cent. Against an average of 679.4mm, it records 326.3mm. Dumka, with 374.6 mm against an average of 711.6mm, follows suit.