Uttarakhand records 24% surplus rains this monsoon
Uttarakhand has received 24% surplus rainfall in the period between June 1 and July 6 with many districts recording above-normal rain.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), between June 1 and July 6 Uttarakhand received cumulative rainfall of 287.3mm, against the normal 232mm rainfall.
Significantly, Chamoli district recorded 115% excess rainfall after receiving 333mm rainfall against the normal of 154.9mm. Bageshwar district, which witnessed 340.5mm rain against the normal 172.5mm, has received 97% surplus rainfall.
Bikram Singh, director, Meteorological Centre, said, “The monsoon activity has remained above average in the state with widespread rains witnessed in both Kumaon and Garhwal region. Moreover, the conditions are becoming ideal for more rainfall in Uttarakhand in the next few days.”
Many districts in the Himalayan state have received surplus rainfall in the first 36 days of the monsoon season, Met officials said. In 2015, Uttarakhand had recorded a 71% monsoon deficit.
Between June 30 and July 6, the state recorded 72% excess rainfall with rains in five districts, mostly in Kumaon region, exceeding 100% surplus. In this period, Bageshwar recorded 243% excess rainfall, while Almora and Nainital received 176% and 155% more rainfall than the normal. Torrential rains had wreaked havoc in Pithoragarh and Chamoli district, leaving at least 21 persons dead and 11 missing.