Bhubaneswar: Odisha has witnessed 28 per cent deficit rainfall between July 1 and July 5, informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi here on Friday.
Sethi said Bolangir, Angul, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur have witnessed 50 per cent less rain. He said that rainfall activity is likely to increase from July 8.
In June Odisha got average rainfall of 161.1 mm against the Long Term Average (LTA) of 216.5 mm registering a deficit of 25.6 per cent.
Balasore district received the highest rainfall of 268.9 mm during the month whereas Balangir district received the lowest rainfall of 97.3 mm. As many as two districts namely Balasore and Kendrapara received surplus rainfall more than 19 per cent.
At least seven districts which received normal rainfall (+ 19% to – 19%) are Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Malkangiri, Cuttack, Khordha and Puri.
Rainfall in 13 districts namely, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Bargarh, Kandhamal. Rayagada, Boudh, Deogarh, Sundargarh and Koraput remained deficit between 19 per cent and 39 per cent during the month.
Rainfall in eight districts namely, Nuapada, Ganjam, Subarnapur, Angul, Nayagarh, Balangir, Nawarangpur and Kalahandi remained severe deficit between 39 per cent and 59 per cent during the month.
On an average, the State experiences 9.9 rainy days in the month of June. There were 8.1 rainy days during June this year.
The district -wise position of rainfall during June, 2018 is given below.
Going by blocks, out of 314 blocks in the State, while 35 blocks have received surplus rainfall and 83 blocks have received normal rainfall, the rainfall in remaining 196 blocks has remained deficit by more than 19 per cent. Of them, there is more than 59 per cent deficit rainfall in 43 blocks.