Heavy rain likely today in Jharkhand after Monday’s downpour
The ongoing rainfall is expected to give a breather to farmers in the last leg of sowing, which will end on August 15, agriculture department officials said. The state has achieved merely 55.62% paddy sowing coverage till Monday.Updated: Aug 07, 2018 13:43 IST
Heavy rain lashed parts of Jharkhand on Monday and it may continue for next 24 hours covering major areas of the state, said an alert issued by the meteorological centre, Ranchi.
With moderate to heavy rain in past 48 hours, Jamshedpur is facing flood-like situation. The city received highest 175mm rainfall in past 24 hours. Many low-lying areas of the city have submerged and similar situation prevailed in Saraikela town.
Ranchi has been receiving intermittent rainfall since Sunday night. However, weather department alerted for heavy rainfall during the next 24 hours due to impact of a low pressure formed over north Bay of Bengal.
The system is likely to intensify further and become more marked during next 24 hours, said BK Mandal, director Ranchi meteorological centre.
“The low pressure system is likely to offer good rainfall in central and southern parts of Jharkhand. Other parts of the state would receive light to moderate rainfall,” Mandal said. He, however, added that the amount of rainfall might be lower than the expected, as the system is likely to pass through west to north Jharkhand during next 24 hours.
The system is likely to bring down the rainfall deficit further in the state. Jharkhand has received 460.3mm rainfall from June 1 to August 6 against the normal rainfall of 603.4mm resulting in 24% deficit.
“The low pressure system might bring down the deficit to normal in next two days, giving an opportunity to the farmers to increase their paddy sowing coverage,” Mandal said.
However, Jharkhand’s eight districts are still facing above 35% rainfall deficit. Khunti is the worst affected district with 66% rainfall deficit, while the same was recorded 52% in Chatra, 52% in Garhwa, 49% in Koderma, 40% in Pakur, 39% in Bokaro, 37% in Ranchi and 36% in Ramgarh till Monday.
The ongoing rainfall is expected to give a breather to farmers in the last leg of sowing, which will end on August 15, agriculture department officials said. The state has achieved merely 55.62% paddy sowing coverage till Monday.
Nine districts are facing drought-like situation with poor paddy sowing coverage. Ramgarh has recorded lowest paddy coverage with merely 27%, while Palamu 31.97%, Koderma 31.20%, Hazaribag 33.9%, Dhanbad 34.93%, Dumka 38.23%, Deoghar 39%, Jamtara 37.88% and Godda 35.10%.
Deputy director of agriculture department Mukesh Sinha, however, sounded positive, “There is no need to panic. Transplantation of seedling is going on at full pace. We are expecting to meet the target by August 15, as sowing coverage has increased by 7% to 8% per day.”
First Published: Aug 07, 2018 13:42 IST