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Saturday , July 5 , 2014
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Brace for another drenched weekend

The rain god seems exceptionally kind towards Jharkhand.

An active monsoon trough coupled with a low-pressure system has been resulting in widespread rainfall across the state for the past couple of days. The largesse is expected to continue for the next 48 hours.

“The trough is in its normal position, passing through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal and resulting in heavy precipitation for the last 48 hours. A low-pressure area over Gangetic Bengal and Bangladesh has added momentum to the monsoon,” said B.K. Mandal, the director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

In its evening forecast, the IMD office in the state capital has promised weekend showers, with heavy rain alert in isolated places.

Weathermen at Patna Meteorological Centre too confirmed that Jharkhand was expected to receive a good spell till coming Wednesday. “The trough is active. The next two days will see heavy rain, which is likely to become moderate thereafter under the present system and continue till July 9,” said director A.K. Sen.

The senior Met official, however, did not rule out the possibility of heavy rain after 48 hours because another cyclonic circulation was building up over the Bay of Bengal.

The shower sop continued for the second consecutive day on Friday. Heavy rain was reported from places like Giridih (156mm), Deoghar (135mm), Sarath in Deoghar (125mm), Dhanbad (95mm), Bokaro (87mm), Pakur (70mm), Hazaribagh (65mm), Ranchi (63mm) and Koderma (60mm).

Jamshedpur scored moderately with 40mm on the rain-o-meter while Baharagora and Ghatshila, also in East Singhbhum, recorded around 35mm each. Adjoining Seraikela experienced 25mm and Daltonganj, the headquarters of Palamau district, soaked in 23mm. Chaibasa and Chakradharpur in West Singhbhum recorded around 20mm of rainfall.

Downpour for two days has also helped convert deficit into surplus in Jharkhand. Against a normal average of 236mm, the state has so far recorded around 243mm, a surplus of 3 per cent. On July 1, the deficit had stood at 25 per cent.

Met data showed only four districts — Simdega, Garhwa, Lohardaga and Palamau — with negative scores of 62 per cent, 55 per cent, 48 per cent and 46 per cent, respectively, on Friday. All the other 20 districts have either notched normal or surplus rain.