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Depression allays deficit fears

Rainfall during the past two days dragged down Jharkhand’s deficit figure by four notches to eight per cent, even as weathermen forecast more shower shows over the next 48 hours allaying fears of drought in different parts of the state.

Met data suggests that the state has already received 392.7mm of rain against a seasonal average of 426.3mm. And today, the meteorological department predicted more rain in most places during the next two days owing to a depression coupled with an active monsoon trough that was passing over the state.

“The low pressure that originated from the north Bay of Bengal has intensified into a depression, which will result in good spells of uniform rain across the state in the next 48 hours. The depression was 50km east of Baripada in Odisha this morning. It is moving in the north-westerly direction,” said B.K. Mandal, director of the Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

Both Patna and Ranchi Met offices issued warning of heavy rain at isolated pockets because of the depression, which is likely to lose its intensity after 48 hours.

The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore in Calcutta also extended its heavy rainfall alert in the state for another 48 hours. “The low pressure has converted into a depression. Because of this we are expecting good rainfall activity in Jharkhand in the next few days,” said a duty officer at the Regional Meteorological Centre.

A senior weather analyst at the Patna Meteorological Centre said the monsoon was active over Jharkhand as the trough was passing over the state. Today, the monsoon trough was stretched between Ferozpur and east-central Bay, passing through Meerut, Lucknow and Daltonganj.

Officials at the doppler weather radar section in Patna said over 70 per cent IMD stations across Jharkhand had reported rainfall in the past 24 hours.

Ranchi recorded over 20mm rain during the past 24 hours, while Jamshedpur received around 15mm. The observatory in Daltonganj recorded 32mm of rain. Rain was also reported from Deoghar, Koderma, Khunti, Pakur, Bokaro, West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan and several other districts.


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