Rain shortfall widened to 58% in week ended August 24

DEHRADUN: Despite receiving intermittent showers in the last one week, rainfall shortage in the state has gone up to 58% in the week ended August 24 with all 13 districts receiving less than average rain.

From August 18 to 24, the hill state received 39.5mm of rainfall as against the normal limit of 94.9mm, registering a 58% decline as per the weekly and cumulative data released by the meteorological centre on Wednesday. Notably, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) follows a Thursday-Wednesday cycle for its weekly monsoon updates.

Champawat and Udham Singh Nagar districts have remained worst affected districts reporting 90% and 85% deficit, respectively. Not lagging far behind, state capital, Dehradun also received scanty rainfall with 74% shortfall. While Chamoli recorded 71% rain deficiency, another disaster-affected hill district Pithoragarh registered 70% deficiency.

Bikram Singh, director, Met centre, said, “Although rain activity was witnessed at many parts of the state in last one week it was still not up to the expected levels. As a result, all the districts recorded deficiency.”

However, Uttarakhand has still received 2% excess rainfall since the onset of monsoon from June 1. Overall, the state recorded 964mm of rainfall as against 946.9mm of expectations during the period.

Meanwhile, the Met department has predicted rise in the rain activity in coming week across the state. “Rains will continue to lash the state in the remaining days of August. There are chances of heavy showers at few places from August 27 onwards. The expected spell is help in compensating the shortfall witnessed last week,” told Bikram Singh.

It is to be noted that Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast above average monsoon rains this year. Uttarakhand received 70% excess rains in the week ended July 20 with all districts recorded above normal rainfall. However, the surplus was reduced to 17% in the last week of July ended on July 27.