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Drought persists in Nilgiris

P. S. Sundar Coonoor | Updated on July 11, 2013

Although cumulative rainfall was more than last year in the first half of the year, drought conditions prevail in most agro-climatic zones of Nilgiris. The rainfall was lower than the decennial (10-year) average.

All five agro-climatic zones except Kotagiri received more rainfall in June than last year, an analysis of meteorological data reveals. Last month, Udhagamandalam received the highest rainfall of 24.9 cm (June 2012: 9.1 cm; decennial average 17.4 cm) followed by Kundah 22.4 (7.9 cm; 19.8 cm), Kullakamby 6 cm (1.9 cm; 5 cm), Coonoor 5 cm (4.3 cm; 5.9 cm) and Kotagiri 4.7 cm (13.4 cm; 9.5 cm).

In the first six months of the year, Udhagamandalam received the highest cumulative rainfall of 50 cm (cumulative in 2012: 25.4 cm; decennial average 40.3 cm), followed by Kundah 45.2 cm (26 cm ; 50.2 cm), Coonoor 34.6 cm (22 cm; 42.3 cm), Kotagiri 34 cm (28.9 cm; 51.7 cm) and Kullakamby 23.5 cm (22.3 cm; 38.7 cm). Coonoor received only less showers in July also.

Published on July 11, 2013

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