Bhubaneswar: Odisha has recorded an average rainfall of 443.3 mm against the long term average (LTA) of 356.0 mm registering a surplus of 24.5 per cent during the month of August, 2019.
Malkanagiri district received the highest rainfall of 763.3 mm (61.5 per cent surplus) and Puri district received the lowest rainfall of 287.6 mm (3.4 per cent deficit) during the month.
The cumulative rainfall of the State from June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019 remained 901.0 mm against the LTA of 912.4 mm registering a deficit of 1.2 per cent.
As many as 5 districts namely Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkanagiri, Balangir and Jharsuguda received surplus rainfall of more than 19 per cent during the period from June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019.
Twenty one districts which received normal rainfall are Kandhamal, Nawarangpur, Rayagada, Cuttack, Puri, Subarnapur, Bargarh, Khordha, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Jajpur, Gajapati, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Nuapada, Jagatsinghpur, Sambalpur, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj and Balasore.
Rainfall in four districts namely, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Angul and Deogarh remained deficit between 19 per cent & 39 per cent during the period from June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019.
Malkanagiri district received the highest rainfall of 1548.7 mm (34.6 per cent surplus) and Gajapati district received the lowest rainfall of 616.6 mm (9.8 period deficit) during the period from June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019 (cumulative).
There were total 35.7 rainy days during June to August 2019 against the normal average of 40.9 rainy days. There were 7.4 rainy days in June, 13.7 rainy days in July and 14.6 rainy days in August, 2019.
Going by the Block-wise rainfall data, 66 number of Blocks have received surplus rainfall, 169 Blocks received normal rainfall, 68 Blocks received deficit rainfall and 11 Blocks received severe deficit rainfall during these 3 months June-July-August cumulatively.
Eleven Blocks which have experienced severe deficit rainfall are Balasore and Nilagiri in Balasore District, Reamal in Deogarh district, Harichandanpur, Champua, Jhumpura and Joda in Keonjhar district, Narayanpatna in Koraput district, Naktideul in Sambalpur district, Rajgangpur and Bonai in Sundargarh district.