31 July 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha got an average rainfall of 309.4 mm against the long term average (LTA) of 339.9 mm registering a deficit of 9 per cent during July 2019, as per a latest statement released by the office of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).
Malkanagiri district received the highest rainfall of 633.8 mm (36.1 per cent surplus) and Bhadrak district received the lowest rainfall of 178.9 mm (39.1 per cent deficit) during the month.
The cumulative rainfall of the State in June and July, 2019 remained 457.7 mm against the LTA of 556.4 mm registering a deficit of 17.7 per cent. Cumulatively, only Koraput district has received surplus rainfall more than 19 per cent.
Eleven districts which received normal rainfall (+ 19 per cent to - 19 per cent) are Nawarangpur, Malkanagiri, Puri, Kalahandi, Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Bargarh, Ganjam, Subarnapur and Rayagada.
Rainfall in 17 districts namely, Jharsuguda, Nayagarh, Dhenkanal, Nuapada, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Balangir, Boudh, Sambalpur, Kendrapara, Balasore, Gajapati, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Angul, Mayurbhanj and Deogarh has remained deficit between 19 per cent & 39 per cent.
Rainfall in one district Sundargarh comes under severe deficit category i.e. between (-39 per cent & -59 per cent) during the period from 1st June, 2019 to 31st July, 2019.
On an average, the State experiences 15.4 rainy days in the month of July. There were 13.7 rainy days during July this year. In June 2019, there were 7.4 rainy days against the normal average of 9.9 days.
Going by the Block-wise rainfall data, 32 number of Blocks have received surplus rainfall (>19 per cent), 115 Blocks received normal rainfall (+ 19 per cent to - 19 per cent), 98 Blocks received deficit rainfall (-19 per cent to -39 per cent), 63 Blocks received severe deficit rainfall (-39 per cent to -59 per cent) and 6 Blocks experienced scanty rainfall i.e. deficit by more than 59 per cent during these 2 months June-July cumulatively.
Six Blocks which have experienced scanty rainfall are Odapada in Dhenkanal District (-64.1 per cent), Banspal (-65.2 per cent) & Joda (-59.5 per cent) in Keonjhar District and Nuagaon (-69.2 per cent), Subdega (-62.3 per cent) & Bonai (-60.8 per cent) in Sundargarh District.