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Somewhere flood, somewhere drought situation: Heavy rains in North India, but Indradev got angry in these 12 states

Pankaj Prasad
Flood and Drought
Flood and Drought

India Meteorological Department's rainfall data shows that all southern states, except Tamil Nadu, have received less than expected rainfall this season after the monsoon began on June 1 this year.

Monsoon rains are being recorded in the country nowadays. Somewhere there is relief from the rain, and somewhere there is trouble. Due to Western Disturbance and Monsoon winds, North India received heavy rains last week. On the other hand, there are 12 such states, where there has been a drastic reduction in rainfall due to weak monsoon.

Reduced rain in southern states

12 central, southern and northeastern states like Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka, Bihar and Jharkhand are still going through weak monsoon. At the same time, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) rainfall data for the monsoon that began on June 1 shows that all southern states, except Tamil Nadu, have received less than expected rainfall this season.

delay in sowing of crops

In the south in the first week of July, heavy rains were confined to the coastal areas of Kerala and Karnataka, while the mainland did not receive substantial rainfall. Apart from this, sowing of crops has been delayed in parts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. Karnataka and Telangana governments have spoken of a deficient monsoon.

Very little rain in Telangana

According to the Telangana State Development and Planning Society (TSDPS), the state recorded 150.4 mm of rainfall from June 1 to July 11. That is, there was much less rain than the normal rainfall of 197.5 mm. Whereas last year during this period the state recorded 395.6 mm of heavy rain.
The TSDPS bulletin states that compared to last year, Telangana has seen a rainfall deficit of -65 per cent. It said the monsoon began on June 24 and has been erratic. Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Siddipet and Narayanpet have recorded slightly above normal rainfall, while all 29 districts, except these, have received deficient rainfall.

Bad condition of Karnataka too

In Karnataka, officials said most major dams such as the Krishnarajasagar (KRS) dam, which is a vital water source for Bengaluru, are almost on the verge of drying up. The water level remains 30 feet below the maximum of 124.8 feet. Comparatively last year the water level was 106.5 feet.

At the same time, the Tungabhadra Dam, which supplies Hyderabad and Karnataka regions, also needs water. Currently there is only 4.1 TMC of water, which is much less than last year's 43.9 TMC. According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Cell, the catchment areas that feed rivers such as the Kaveri and Tungabhadra in Karnataka have received less than a third of normal rainfall during the first 35 days of the monsoon season.

There will be a reduction in power generation

Expressing concern, an official said that almost all the areas were cloudy, but the average rainfall did not exceed 12 cm. This has put immense pressure on the reservoirs and if the situation is not reversed, power generation and drinking water supply may get affected.

31 percent rain deficiency

Many areas of Kerala are grappling with 31 per cent rain deficiency. It rains very little here. Barring some parts of northern Kerala, most other areas received scanty rainfall, said an official of the Kerala Disaster Management Department. He said that 9 out of 14 districts are acutely rain deficient.

Cyclone Biperjoy a big reason

The IMD said that the monsoon over South India has been weak since its inception mainly due to the impact of Cyclone Biperjoy.

It will rain in these states

IMD scientist Jenamani said a combination of western disturbance and monsoon wind caused heavy rains in the north. It has moved eastwards and rains will occur over Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh in the coming days. We expect rains to resume over South India in a few days with the formation of a depression in the Bay of Bengal.

Lack of rain here

The eastern state of Bihar recorded -33 percent, Jharkhand -43 percent and Odisha -26 percent deficient rainfall. However, sufficient amount of rain has been received in West Bengal. Except Assam, all the northeastern states are rain deficient. However, the average rainfall received in these states is more than the average of the country.