Bhubaneswar: The State has received an average rainfall of 340.1 mm against the long term average of 339.9 mm in July this year, said a release from Special Relief Commissioner's office today.
Kalahandi district received the highest rainfall of 510.6 mm during in July whereas Nuapada district recorded the lowest rainfall of 170.9 mm.
The cumulative rainfall of the State in June and July remained 548.5 mm against the lowest rainfall average of 556.4 mm registering a marginal shortfall of 1.4 per cent.
As many as five districts namely Ganjam, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Gajapati and Nawarangpur received surplus rainfall of more than 19 per cent.
Districts which received normal rainfall are Sundargarh, Malkangiri, Khordha, Jharsuguda, Koraput, Deogarh, Jagatsinghpur, Sambalpur, Puri, Cuttack, Subarnapur, Boudh, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Balasore, Bhadrak, Bargarh, Keonjhar and Kandhamal.
Rainfall in four districts namely Bolangir, Nuapada, Angul and Jajpur remained between 19 and 39 per cent deficient during the period from June 1 to July 31, said the release.
Dhenkanal is the only district where rainfall remained severely deficient, to the extent of a 40.8 per cent shortfall.
On an average, the state experiences 15.4 rainy days in the month of July. There were 15.6 rainy days during July this year. In June 2017, there were 10 rainy days against the normal average of 9.9.days.