Published On: Sat, Jul 23rd, 2016

Uttarakhand receives 70% surplus rain this monsoon season

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Uttarakhand received 70% surplus rainfall between July 14 and 20, with all districts in the state recording above normal rainfall, barring Udham Singh Nagar and Champawat district, according to weekly rainfall data released by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Uttarakhand received 174.3mm rain in the seven-day period, whereas normal rainfall measurement is pegged at 102.5mm. Notably, Haridwar received 332.3mm of rainfall against expected 65.2mm, a staggering four times higher than the normal figure.It should be noted that the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) follows a Thursday-Wednesday cycle for its weekly rainfall updates.

Bikram Singh, director of Meteorological Centre, said, “There was widespread rainfall recorded across the state during last week especially from July 15 evening to July 18. Haridwar district received vigorous rains in last one week.

Districts in both Garhwal and Kumaon region witnessed active rain activity.”Besides Haridwar, four more districts received more than 100% excess rains last week. While Almora witnessed 190% rain surplus, Chamoli and Bageshwar received 148% and 132% respectively. Lashed by heavy spell of rains, Nainital also recorded 132% extra showers.Incidentally, very heavy to extremely heavy rains had hit Uttarakhand from July 15 resulting in loss of lives and considerable property damage.
Landslides and flood triggered by heavy rains wreaked havoc in Uttarkashi, Tehri and Haridwar districts. Only Udham Singh Nagar and Champawat district witnessed shortfall after receiving 29% and 11% deficient rains last week, as per MeT rainfall data. Dehradun, on the other hand, recorded 14% surplus after receiving 199.9mm rain against normal rainfall of 175.3mm.

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