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Rain rises from low to surplus

Patna, July 5: Thanks to the active phase of southwest monsoon this week, rainfall conditions in the state as well as the capital has risen from “acute deficient” to “surplus” status within four days.

The monsoon rainfall status for the state rose from 32 per cent deficiency as recorded on Monday to seven per cent surplus on Saturday morning.

The state received 237mm rain between June 1 and July 5 against the normal of 222mm for the period.

Similar surge in monsoon rainfall has been observed in Patna. From 16 per cent deficient rain as on Monday, the city recorded 17 per cent excess precipitation by Saturday morning.

The capital received 205mm rain till Saturday in comparison to the normal of 175mm during monsoon till date.

Almost the entire state has received widespread rainfall in the past five days because of a cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal last week. Ashish Sen, director at the Patna Meteorological Centre, claimed that the cyclonic circulation has reduced into a low-pressure area and it was lying over eastern Uttar Pradesh by Saturday evening.

The Met chief claimed that western Bihar would continue to receive heavy rainfall on Sunday, whereas the rest of the state was likely to receive light to moderate rainfall.

“The low-pressure area was lying over Bihar and Jharkhand on Saturday morning but it suddenly took a western turn during the day and lay over eastern Uttar Pradesh by evening. Meanwhile, the monsoon trough line is passing through Bihar. Thus, moderate to heavy rainfall in different parts of the state on Sunday would be followed by light rainfall from Monday. The rain is likely to continue at least till July 9,” said Sen.

Though the agricultural community in the state must be upbeat about the downpour, the cities are feeling miserable about showers. Many areas in Patna, including Patliputra, Kurji, Rajendra Nagar, Ashok Rajpath and Gardanibagh, were flooded with rainwater on Saturday.

Waterlogged potholes and slush-filled streets were common in areas such as Ashiana-Digha road, Lohanipur road, Gardanibagh and Kankerbagh among others.

“There was waist-deep water in front of Moinul Haque stadium in Rajendra Nagar. Water got into the silencer and engine of my car, stranding it in the middle of the flooded street. I had to spend Rs 600 on repairs,” said Vaibhav Kumar, a resident of Punaichak.