Weather Forecast Today Live Updates: Odisha observed a shortage in rainfall this year between June 1 and August 23, which has adversely affected agricultural activities across the state. According to PTI, Odisha received only 571 mm of rain since June as against the anticipated 820.5 mm, leading to a 30.3 per cent deficit rainfall.
While according to S K Vashisth, the principal secretary of agriculture and famers’ empowerment department, there is “no drought situation anywhere”, the state government has directed the collectors to ensure that agricultural workers get jobs under MGNREGA or other state schemes as a measure to mitigate the “dry spell”
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that parts of Northeast India, including Sikkim, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya, are likely to receive heavy rainfall till August 27. Whereas, widespread rainfall is expected to continue in Bihar, East Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand till August 27. Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra will witness rainfall activity on August 23, 26 and 27.
While most parts of the country will witness rainfall activity, Rajasthan is likely to see dry weather from August 25 to 27.