Jamshedpur, Aug. 22: Curtains came down on Jharkhand’s spectacular shower show as bright rays of the sun tore through the depression today.
The heavy and widespread rainfall in the past 24 hours, however, dragged down the deficit by another two notches to 21 per cent. In its Friday forecast, the Patna Meteorological Centre promised scattered rain, saying the intensity of the weather system over the state was weakening.
Statistics revealed that many places had experienced heavy rainfall owing to a deep depression on Wednesday.
Topping the list is Pupunki in Dhanbad, where the rain--meter read 128mm. Bagoder in Giridih was next at 103.2mm.
The rain god also showered his blessings on Barkisuriya (95.4mm) in Giridih, Topchanchi (78.2mm) in Dhanbad and Japla (68.6mm) in Palamau. Ranchi, Simdega, Hazaribagh, Pakur, Sahebganj, Lohardaga and Jamtara shared the bounty too.
Weathermen said the depression had moved further westward towards eastern MP. This evening, it was centred some 70km northeast of Jabalpur. “The system will move further in the north-westerly direction and weaken gradually,” said B.N. Chaudhary, a senior official at Patna Met office.
Today, the axis of the monsoon passed through Ferozpur, Meerut, Agra, Sambalpur, Balasore and extended up to the northwest Bay of Bengal.
Against a seasonal average of 770mm, Jharkhand has so far received 609mm.
Widespread rain since Sunday helped East Singhbhum, Latehar and Lohardaga to find place on the surplus list. The deficit percentage also came down in several districts like Seraikela-Kharsawan, Koderma, Hazaribagh, Dhanbad and Ramgarh.
Agriculture physicist A. Wadood described the five-day rain spell in Jharkhand as impressive. “It has been a boon for farm activity. We are expecting another good spell in the first week of September,” he said.