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Rajasthan on alert after Met dept warns of heavy rain over next 3 days

An alert has been sounded in the Alwar, Bharatpur, Bhilwara, Bundi, Dholpur, Jaipur, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur and Tonk districts.

jaipur Updated: Sep 05, 2018 00:25 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Commuters caught in rain in Jaipur. Heavy rain lashed Rajasthan’s eastern districts in 24 hours, Met Department said Monday. (HT Photo )

An alert has been sounded in nine districts of Rajasthan after the meteorological department issued a warning of heavy rainfall at isolated places in Alwar, Bharatpur, Bhilwara, Bundi, Dholpur, Jaipur, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur and Tonk districts.

Disaster management, relief and civil defence department secretary Hemant Gera said district collectors and the State Disaster Response Force have been asked to remain on alert.

Jaipur received light to moderate rain between Sunday and Monday . The capital received 25.80mm rain on Monday.

The weather department has predicted the possibility of normal and active monsoon conditions in east Rajasthan for the next two to three days.

Rajasthan has received 433.38mm rains as compared to normal rains of 461.35mm from June 1 to September 3, which is minus 6.06% below normal. During the same period last year, the state had received 484.37mm rains, which was 8.04% more than the normal rains.

According to the water resources department, this year, four districts are in excess category (20% to 59% more than the normal rains), 18 districts are in normal category (19% to minus 19% than the normal rains) and 11 districts are deficit category (minus 20% to minus 59% than the normal rains), whereas during the same period last year there were four districts with abnormal rains (60% or more than the normal rains), six districts in excess category, 10 districts in normal category and 13 districts in deficit category. There were no districts in scanty category (minus 60% or less than the normal rains) in this year or in previous year.

Four districts that have received excess rains are Bharatpur, Bikaner, Sawai Madhopur and Sikar, while 18 districts that have received normal rainfall are Alwar, Banswara, Baran, Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dausa, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Ganganagar, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu, Karauli, Kota, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand and Udaipur. District in deficit category are Ajmer, Barmer, Bundi, Hanumangarh, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Pali, Sirohi and Tonk.

The state has a total of 831 small and big dams, with the total capacity of 12902.35 million cubic metre. Of the total number of dams, 85 are full, 411 are partially full and 335 are empty.

Bisalpur dam, the lifeline of drinking water for Jaipur, against its capacity of 1095.84 million cubic metre has only 248.63 million cubic metre, which is 22.69%. Due to low water level, the drinking water supply in Jaipur city has been reduced from August 29. According to Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) additional chief engineer Dinesh Saini, due to less rains the rainwater inflow into the dam has reduced. He said now water will be supplied for 45-70 minutes, which was earlier one to one and a half hour daily.

First Published: Sep 04, 2018 09:08 IST