Bhubaneswar, August 1 (LocalWire) the monsoon rain in Odisha has remained nine percent below average in July, triggering drought fears in many parts of the state, according to official data.
The state received an average rainfall of 309.4 mm against the long term average (LTA) of 339.9 mm.
The district of Malkangiri recorded the highest rainfall of 633.8 mm (36.1% surplus) while Bhadrak district received the lowest rainfall of 178.9 mm (39.1% deficit) during the month.
The cumulative rainfall of the State in June and July, 2019 remained 457.7 mm against the LTA of 556.4mm registering a deficit of 17.7%.
On an average, the State experiences 15.4 rainy days in the month of July.
However The state recorded only 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.
Majority of the workforce in Odisha is engaged in agricultural sector.
A good monsoon is crucial for the state which is one of the largest producers of paddy in the country.