Bhubaneswar, July 1 (LocalWire): With the sun shining bright and hard, June 2019 proved to be a drier month in Odisha as the state witnessed an average rainfall of 148.3 mm against the long term average of 216.5 mm, registering an overall deficit of 31.5%.
While Jajpur district received the highest rainfall of 253.7 mm during the month, Gajapati district witnessed the lowest rainfall of 59.8 mm; the four districts that received normal rainfall of +19% to -19% include Jajpur, Koraput, Dhenkanal, and Nawarangpur.
Rainfall in 18 districts, including Puri, Jharsuguda, Cuttack, Subarnapur, Bhadrak, Deogarh, Khordha, Malkanagiri, Boudh, Jagatsinghpur, Angul, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Balasore, Sambalpur, and Kendrapara remained deficit between 19% and 39% during the month.
According to the available data, while six districts of Balangir, Keonjhar, Nuapada, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, and Sundargarh experienced severe rainfall deficit between 39-59% during the month, Rayagada and Gajapati received scanty rainfall registering a rainfall deficit of more than 59%.
Going by block-wise rainfall data, an overall 19 blocks received surplus rainfall of more than 19%, 73 blocks received normal rainfall of +19% to -19%, while 90 blocks received deficit rainfall ranging from -19% to -39%.
Overall the state experienced 7.4 rainy days during June this year as compared to an average of 9.9 rainy days during the month with 85 blocks witnessing severe deficit rainfall ranging between -39% to -59%, while 47 blocks received scanty rainfall with a deficit of more than 59% during the month.