Widespread rainfall in parts of Rajasthan has brought the entire State in the category of “normal” monsoons.

A drought was looming large over the desert State following deficient rain since the arrival of the South-West monsoon but light to very heavy rainfall over the last few days has improved the situation.

Whereas the current rain deficit is just 0.57 per cent, the water level in dams has also increased.

“The State as a whole is now under the normal category receiving 355.64 mm of rainfall,” according to data by the water resources department here.

The rainfall deficit was around 30 per cent in the last few days of July.

Four districts have received excess rainfall, that is 20 to 59 per cent above average; 14 districts have received rainfall under the normal category, which is 19 per cent more or less than average.

The number of districts in the deficit category (20 to 59 per cent less than average) has dropped to 11 and there is no district in the scanty category (60 per cent less than average).

Rainfall in Churu, SriGanganagar, Hanumangarh, Barmer, Jalore, Sirohi, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Alwar, Jhunjhunu and Sikar is deficient.

Out of five districts of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Nagaur and Barmer, which have been declared scarcity-hit by the State Government, only Barmer now falls in the ‘deficit’ category and the remaining four districts are now under the ‘normal rainfall’ category.

Seventy-two dams out of a total of 724 dams across the State are completely filled while 381 are partially filled and 271 are empty.

Meanwhile, the met department has forecast light to moderate rainfall during next 24 hours at several places in all the divisions of the State.

(This article was published on August 16, 2012)
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