Jamshedpur, Oct. 15: The peripheral effect of severe cyclonic storm Phailin triggered heavy to very heavy rainfall across Jharkhand this Durga Puja.
And, if weathermen are to be believed, another wet spell is in store even though the cyclone has lost strength ever since it made landfall in neighbouring Odisha on the night of Mahashtami.
According to statistics, Jharkhand has recorded a rainfall average of 55mm in the past 72 hours. “Never before in at least 20 years did Durga Puja witness such downpour. The impact of the cyclonic storm was indeed strong,” said B.N. Chaudhary, a senior analyst at Patna Meteorological Centre.
In its 24-hour forecast, the weather office has forecast showers at a few places. “The monsoon is in a retreating phase. Hence, rainfall activity will continue for some time in Jharkhand,” Chaudhary said.
Normally, the rains say adieu to the state by October 10. But this year, frequent formation of low-pressure troughs over the Bay of Bengal and the recent cyclonic storm have delayed withdrawal.
Phailin spurred rainfall activity in Jharkhand since Saturday evening. Ranchi recorded 74.6mm till 8.30am on Sunday, while Bokaro and Jamshedpur registered 58.4mm and 52.4mm, respectively. The wind speed clocked a maximum of 50kmph in the capital and the steel city.
If rainfall for the past 72 hours is taken into account, Godda tops the list with 175mm, followed by Papunki (Dhanbad) with 160.6mm. Giridih, Tenughat (Bokaro) and Chakradharpur (West Singhbhum) have experienced over 150mm. Ranchi has soaked in 52mm and Jamshedpur in 60mm.