Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 29:
The Indian Meterological Department (IMD) on Sunday predicted less than normal rainfall in most parts of the country, including Odisha, in July and August this year.
The IMD has said there could be 8/10 percent deficit rainfall in the next two months.
According to IMD DG LS Rathore, the rainfall in the country in June this year was 28 percent more than normal. He said the IMD, apprehending further deficit rainfall, has asked the Union Agriculture ministry to prepare a contingency plan.
Talking to the media, Director, Regional Meteorological Centre, Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu said the rainfall in Odisha in June this year was 12 percent more than the normal.
As against the average rainfall of 196.7 mm, the state received 219.7 mm rainfall in June this year under the influence of a depression last week.
On the contrary, the private meteorological body Skymet has predicted 104 percent of normal rainfall in July and 99 percent normal rainfall in August.
While the IMD had earlier predicted 88 percent rainfall this year resulting in a drought like situation in the country, the Skymet had predicted 102 percent rainfall in the country between June and September.