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August hope after july rain despair

From six per cent surplus to 13 per cent deficit, this monsoon’s July story hasn’t had a happy ending.

But, weathermen firmly believe that August showers will turn around Jharkhand’s rainfall fortune. Dark clouds that hung heavy over river Subernarekha in Mango, Jamshedpur, on Thursday didn’t belie their conviction.

Statistics show that inadequate precipitation over the past week had pushed up losses by two per cent. While the average normal rain received should have been 532.2mm, the state notched 461.2mm till July 31.

The parched list includes Garhwa, Simdega, Lohardaga, Ranchi, Palamau, Chatra and Dhanbad. Districts like Deoghar, West Singhbhum, Koderma, Pakur, East Singhbhum, Bokaro and Sahebganj have, however, managed to stay in the rain god’s good books.

The Patna Meteorological Centre doesn’t feel alarmed though. “The IMD has predicted a good spell in August. Monsoon will be very active from the second week, which will help overcome the deficit,” said a weather analyst.

The Met centre’s evening forecast promised thundershowers across the state in the next 24 hours, while the Ranchi weather office issued rain alert for 48 hours. “A low-pressure trough, which originated in the Bay of Bengal, has moved towards Odisha. An associated cyclonic circulation is also hovering in the mid-troposphere level. This will trigger scattered rainfall for the next couple of days,” said B.K. Mandal, the director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

Both Ranchi and Jamshedpur experienced around 14.2mm rainfall in the past 24 hours while Dhanbad and its adjoining areas experienced around 40mm. Ghatshila and Chandil registered 30mm and Bokaro 10m.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta said the monsoon flow was likely to get activated next week. “Computer simulation indicates the current will gain strength after August 4 and this will help reduce the deficit,” said a duty officer.

Text by Pinaki Majumdar; picture by Bhola Prasad


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