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Rain deficit widens to 15%, may go up more in days to come

Rain deficit widens to 15%, may go up more in days to come

09 Aug 2018 No comment 10 hits

PANAJI: The southwest monsoon continues to be weak and the quantum of rainfall only light to moderate, as the deficit in the seasonal total has mounted to 15% and may even rise further in course of the next few days.

On Wednesday, the seasonal total crawled to 1899.9mm (74.7 inches) while a total of 2244.1mm (88.3 inches) is considered normal at this stage.

The shortfall has been rising, as hardly a couple of inches have been added during the last fortnight.

A depression over north interior Odisha and neighbourhood had raised hopes of an increase in rainfall. “It has now started weakening into a well-marked low pressure area and we are expecting only heavy rainfall in isolated places during the next two days,” M L Sahu, director, India meteorological department, Panaji said.

After the wettest 24-hour rainfall of 122.0mm (nearly 5 inches), the state average rainfall has plunged to below 10mm since July 24, barring 18.0mm recorded on August 6.

The seasonal total of rainfall had touched 1803.1mm (70.9 inches) on July 24, which means less than 5 inches have been added to it. June was quite rainy and productive, as the seasonal total raced to 991mm, leaving a surplus of 9% at the end of the month.

With only just over a month and half of a season that usually produces fewer spells of heavy rainfall remaining, the normal 116 inches (2946.4mm) seems difficult. The month of June had produced a 9% surplus and July a 9% deficit.

Meteorologists are keenly awaiting the formation of another system around August 13, while rainfall will be light to moderate otherwise.

Farmers do not have to worry much about their paddy crop as of now. “On Saturday, there was good rainfall and it helped mitigate the problem (during late July),” Nelson Figuereido, director, agriculture department said. But paddy crop in upland areas may be affected if it continues to be dry for a week. “A few areas could not undertake transplantation due to less rain,” he said.

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