The Telegraph
Tuesday , August 5 , 2014
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Heavy rain to reign for 48hrs

Keep your spirits up with colourful raincoats and umbrellas as your fashion statement for the next 48 hours, because the low pressure originating from Bay of Bengal on Monday has intensified into a depression.

Met experts said the low pressure, which had converted into a depression over Gangetic Bengal with its centre near Midnapore, was expected to reach Jharkhand.

“Satellite pictures and chart analysis on Monday indicate the depression is moving towards west-north-west or Jharkhand. We hope the depression results in heavy to very heavy rainfall in many places across the state in the next 24 hours,” said A.K. Sen, director of Patna Met office.

Met data shows the state has received 504mm of rain so far against an average normal of 579.7mm, a deficit of 13 per cent. The deficit is expected to tumble further.

“Conditions are favourable for heavy to very heavy rain over Jharkhand as the low pressure has intensified into a depression. We are expecting widespread rain in the next two to three days,” said B.K. Mandal, Ranchi Meteorological Centre director.

The build-up of depression and an active monsoon trough gifted the state a rainy Sunday. Ranchi weathermen said around 90 per cent Met stations in Jharkhand reported rain. At many places, rain came with winds blowing at 35-40kmph.

Jamshedpur saw 37.8mm since Sunday night and Ranchi 17mm.

Toppers were clearly in the hinterland — Panki in Palamau with 71.5mm, followed by Hariharganj near Daltonganj with 71mm and Chakradharpur in West Singhbhum with 70.4mm (see box).

Mid-rankers were Chatra, Chandil and Seraikela-Kharsawan, all above 50mm; Hazaribagh and adjoining Barhi around 40mm and Godda over 30mm. Another 10 observatories recorded 20mm. Tail-enders included 20 Met observatories, including Jamtara, Koderma, Lohardaga and Gumla, recording 10mm and above.

So far, West Singhbhum tops the rain-surplus district list with 36 per cent. Other gainers are Deoghar (26 per cent), Koderma (11 per cent), Pakur (11 per cent) and East Singhbhum (5 per cent).

Deficit districts are Simdega (43 per cent), Lohardaga (41 per cent), Ranchi (41 per cent), Dhanbad (32 per cent), Ramgarh (28 per cent), Latehar (26 per cent), Chatra (25 per cent) and Giridih (20 per cent).

Rainfall is normal in Hazaribagh, Gumla, Dumka and Sahebganj.

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