Bhubaneswar, October 1, 2018: Odisha received average rainfall of 300.1 mm against the long term average (LTA) of 231.9 mm registering a surplus of 29.4 per cent in September this year.
While Kendrapara district received the highest rainfall of 653.0 mm (175.2 per cent surplus) Jharsuguda received the lowest rainfall of 122.3 mm (42.0 per cent deficit) during the month.
The cumulative rainfall of the State from June 1 to September 30 remained 1292.2 mm against the LTA of 1144.3 mm registering a surplus of 12.9 per cent.
As many as 11 districts – Kalahandi, Puri, Malkangiri, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Koraput and Rayagada – had received surplus rainfall more than 19 per cent during the period from June 1 to September 30 while the remaining 19 districts received normal rainfall (+ 19 per cent to – 19 per cent) during this period.
Malkanagiri district received the highest rainfall of 2074.2 mm (44.9 per cent surplus) and Nayagarh district received the lowest rainfall of 950.0 mm (5.7 per cent deficit) during the period from June 1 to September 30 (cumulative).
Going by the block-wise rainfall data, 112 blocks in the State have received surplus rainfall of more than 19 per cent, 171 blocks received normal rainfall (+19 per cent to -19 per cent), 27 blocks received deficit rainfall (shortfall of >19 per cent up to 39 per cent) and four blocks received severe deficit rainfall (shortfall of >39 per cent up to 59 per cent) during these four months June, July, August and September cumulatively.