Monsoon: Sabarkantha wettest so far,14 districts face deficit

Sabarkantha is the only district in Gujarat to have received normal rainfall so far this season even as meteorologists expect the state to get an overall normal monsoon since half of July and all of August — the two rainiest months — are yet to pass.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: July 17, 2012 5:34:56 am

Sabarkantha is the only district in Gujarat to have received normal rainfall so far this season even as meteorologists expect the state to get an overall normal monsoon since half of July and all of August — the two rainiest months — are yet to pass.

Eleven districts have received scanty rainfall or less than three-fifth of what they usually receive,according to data released by the Meteorological Department on Monday.

Fourteen other districts have received “deficient” rainfall,which means they have recorded only half to four-fifths of what they usually receive.

The four western-most districts (Kutch,Jamnagar,Porbandar,Junagadh) and Bharuch have been hit the hardest by the truant monsoon,with Kutch having received only 7 per cent of what it normally receives during this time of the year. All five have received less than a third of the average rainfall there.

Even some districts in south Gujarat,traditionally places of heavier rainfall,have received very low rains since June. The Dangs,Navsari and Surat districts have received just 40 per cent of what they normally receive,while Valsad,Tapi and Narmada have received just about half of the average showers.

Ahmedabad Meteorological Centre director Jayanta Sarkar,however,said that “there is still a good chance of the state receiving normal rainfall since the rainiest months here are July and August,and we are now only in mid-July”.

He said that an upper-air cyclonic activity over the region is likely lead to some rainfall over many places in south Gujarat and a few places in other parts of the state except Kutch over the next two days.

In the long term,north-westerly winds will have to blow the monsoon clouds from the Bay of Bengal towards the west for it to rain substantially here.

At present,the monsoon shaft is lying over the foothills of the Himalayas.

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