The hill state has been receiving moderate to heavy rains the last few days but there is still 29% deficient rain across the state so far.
From June 1, the state received 195 mm rain against 274.8 mm, which is 29% less than normal rainfall. Out of 12 districts, only Solan and Una received above normal rainfall. Una received 310 mm rainfall which is 14% above normal whereas Solan received 406 mm rainfall which is 17% above the normal mark.
Tribal districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti have received little rains since June 1. Kinnaur received 15 mm rainfall, 81% less than normal while Lahaul and Spiti received 35.9 mm rain, nearly 75% below the normal mark.
Chamba also received 147 mm rain which is 67% below normal. Weather department has forecast light to moderate rains in the next 24 hours while from July 22, heavy rainfall is predicted across the state.
Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh said the state had received good rains in the last two days. “There will be less rain in the next 24 hours. But after that, moderate to heavy rains are predicted across the lower, middle and higher altitude areas of the state,” he said.
Singh said there was deficient rainfall till now but could be improved in the coming days as it was just the beginning of monsoons in the state.
In the last two days, Shimla received nearly 40 mm rain which caused damage to properties across the district. According to the district administration, a loss of nearly 33 lakh due to rain has been incurred in the past two days.
In state capital Shimla, nearly seven trees uprooted due to incessant rains caused traffic jams at several points.
Season cumulative Rainfall (June1- July 19
District Actual Rainfall (mm) Normal Rainfall (mm) Percentage (%)
BILASPUR 239.1 284.9 -16
CHAMBA 147.6 446.7 -67
HAMIRPUR 308.7 361.5 -15
KANGRA 398.4 467.5 -15
KINNAUR 15.1 81 -81
KULLU 136 185.3 -27
LAHAUL & SPITI 35.9 145.4 -75
MANDI 344.4 381.8 -10
SHIMLA 224.5 236.9 -5
SIRMAUR 418 438.9 -5
SOLAN 406.1 347.9 17
UNA 310.6 273.3 14
TOTAL 195.1 274.8 -29