Dipti Ranjan Das

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Bhubaneswar on Sunday informed that Odisha has received a surplus of 36 percent rainfall this monsoon season till June 21.

In the last 21 days Odisha's average rainfall has been recorded at 172.4 mm which is 36% higher than the expected long term average of 126.6 mm during the period, a data shared by the Met department noted.

The districts which have witnessed 60% or more rain than the average include Dhenkanal, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Sundergarh.

Similarly, the areas under Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Keonjhar, Angul, Nayagarh, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri and Bargarh districts in Odisha have experienced rainfall between -20% and +59%.

The districts of Balasore, Cuttack, Khurdha, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Boudh, Sonepur, Bolangir, Nuapada and Nabarangpur have recorded normal average rainfall between -19 and +19%.

Jharsuguda has recorded 378.9 mm an excess of 210%, the maximum amount of rainfall during the period followed by Sundergarh with 267.5 mm, a surplus of 121%.

Kendrapara has recorded only 81 mm of rainfall, making it the district with the highest deficit followed by Jajpur with a shortfall of 21% rain.

As per the weatherman, most places in the interior Odisha have experienced rainfall during the past 3 days.
Kuchinda (Sambalpur) and Belgan (Bolangir) have recorded highest rainfall in the last 24 hours with 195 mm and 138 mm respectively.

Other places that saw heavy rainfall include Sundergarh 108 mm, Chandanpur 103.8 mm, Laikera 103 mm, Kosinga 102 mm, Jujumura 97 mm, Titlagarh 97 mm, Kirmira 90 mm, Madanpur Rampur 90 mm, Kolabira 89 mm, Narla 81 mm, Linjigarh 79.2 mm and Khariar 62.8 mm.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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