Bhubaneswar: With rain playing havoc in several districts in Odisha, the state government today said that it received average rainfall at par with Long Term Average (LTA) in July, with Kalahandi receiving highest rainfall.
During July this year, the state got average rainfall of 340.1mm against the long term average (LTA) of 339.9 mm. Kalahandi district received the highest rainfall of 510.6 mm during the month whereas Nuapada district received the lowest rainfall of 170.9mm.
The cumulative rainfall in June and July remained 556.4 mm against the LTA of 556.4mm registering a marginal shortfall of 1.4%.
As many as five districts – Ganjam, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Gajapati and Nabarangpur – received surplus rainfall more than 19%. Besides, 20 districts which received normal rainfall (+ 19% to – 19%) are Sundargarh, Malkangiri, Khordha, Jharsuguda, Koraput, Deogarh, Jagatsinghpur, Sambalpur, Puri, Cuttack, Subarnapur, Boudh, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Balasore, Bhadrak, Bargarh, Keonjhar and Kandhamal.
Rainfall in four districts namely, Bolangir, Nuapada, Angul and Jajpur remained deficit between 19% and 39% during the period from June 1 and July 31.
Dhenkanal is the only district where rainfall remained severe deficit (- 40.8%).
On an average, the State experiences 15.4 rainy days in the month of July. There were 15.6 rainy days during July this year.
In June 2017, there were 10 rainy days against the normal average of 9.9.days.