Suryakant Jena

The Southwest Monsoon has withdrawn from almost half of Odisha, the India Meteorological Department informed on Tuesday.

As per a bulletin issued by the IMD's Regional Centre in Bhubaneswar, monsoon has withdrawn from Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Sambalpur , Bargarh, Bolangir, Sonepur, Nuapada, Boudh, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur districts in the State.

This apart, it has also pulled out from most parts of Angul and Kandhamal districts and some parts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts as of today, October,12, 2021, the country's premier weather forecasting agency said.

The IMD has predicted that the monsoon will pull out of the remaining parts of Odisha in the next few days.

Odisha had recorded 1046 mm of seasonal district average cumulative rainfall from June to September which was nine percent less than the long-term average. 

Similarly, for the month of October (post-monsoon period), the State has recorded district average cumulative rainfall of 28.9 mm till today (October 12) which is a departure of 50 percent from the normal rainfall.

This year, the southwest monsoon started withdrawing in India on October 6, 2021, a record 19 days later than the normal date of September 17.