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The heavens opened, but deficit devil rules

It poured and poured and poured since Thursday night, but the bounty still bizarrely failed to narrow Jharkhand’s deficit margin by a single notch on a waterlogged Friday.

Weathermen held out hope though. They said the upper air cyclonic circulation hovering over northwest Bay of Bengal, which resulted in heavy rainfall at many places in Jharkhand in the past 24 hours, would shower the largesse for another 48 hours.

Meteorological data revealed that the state has so far received 545.4mm of rainfall against a normal of 627.4mm, leaving the loss stagnant at 13 per cent since the beginning of the month. However, another 48 hours of heavy rain may drag down the deficit.

Coal capital Dhanbad clocked the highest count on the rain-o-meter with 110mm in 24 hours, leaving several arteries waterlogged and giving commuters a harrowing time.

“I had tough time reaching court for hearing in a crucial case because of the snarl triggered by waterlogging at DRM Chowk,” said Biswajit Bhattacharjee, a lawyer in Dhanbad.

Capital Ranchi, on the other hand, remained near the bottom of the table with 22.1mm, a tad above the Santhal Pargana district of Jamtara, which scored 20mm.

Steel city Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas experienced a moderately rainy day with over 50mm. The Sonari Airport weather office recorded 52.7mm in the city.

The heavy rain inundated low-lying Jamshedpur areas like Bagbera, Sidhgora and Mango. “The rainwater gushed into our home around midnight. We could not sleep,” said Md Aslam, a resident of Sankosai in Mango.

Twin steel hub Bokaro was not as lucky and registered only around 30mm like Godda and Kharsawan town.

Close on the heels of Dhanbad were Panchet and Ramgarh, each with 90mm. Topchanchi near Dhanbad town and Dumri in Giridih drenched in 70mm. Tenughat in Bokaro district and Chandil in Seraikela-Kharsawan district recorded 60mm each.

Rainfall was accompanied by lightning and thunder at many places.

A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre that monitors Jharkhand’s weather, confirmed that the heavy rainfall was the impact of an upper air cyclonic circulation extending up to 7.6km above the mean sea level over the northwest Bay.

“Owing to this cyclonic circulation impact, Jharkhand will continue to receive good rainfall for the next 48 hours,” Sen explained.

According to the senior Met official, monsoon was active in Jharkhand as the trough line was crossing over the state. He said that the cyclonic circulation was expected to trigger formation of another low-pressure area over the Bay by August 12, which would once again result in widespread rain in Jharkhand.

Until then, the state may have to bear its deficit tag. The parched districts include Garhwa, Ranchi, Lohardaga, Chatra and Dhanbad.

West Singhbhum tops the list of rain-surplus districts with 32 per cent. The others are Deoghar (26 per cent) Koderma and Pakur (6 per cent) and East Singhbhum (5 per cent).