Jamshedpur, July 2: A dormant monsoon has hit the active button to shower its largesse on Kolhan. Widespread rainfall towards the end of last week and a downpour past Saturday midnight dragged down the deficit by seven notches, prompting sanguine weathermen to predict a narrower margin in the days to come.
Against a seasonal average of 516mm, the state has so far received 363mm. Rainfall activity gained momentum owing to low pressure over the north-east Bay of Bengal and Gangetic West Bengal, the impact of which was also felt in neighbouring states.
“The low-pressure trough over the Bay has helped revive the monsoon current in Jharkhand,” confirmed an official of Meteorological Office. He added that the shower show would continue in the state for the next few days, as another low-pressure area was developing over the Bengal-Bangladesh border.
The axis of monsoon today passed through Varanasi, Bhagalpur, Berhampore, and Bankura and extended up to the north-east Bay of Bengal. Both Patna and the Regional Meteorological Centre have issued heavy rainfall warnings in isolated places. “Monsoon is now active in the state. The trough line is passing over Chakulia in East Singhbhum. “This coupled with the low pressure, is resulting in downpours,” said the duty officer at the Alipore weather office.
Several parts of the state, including Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas, have experienced rain since Friday night. The local Met office in the Steel City recorded 20 mm today. The rainfall was continuous and resulted in waterlogging at several places. The rivers Subernarekha and Kharkai are once again in spate.
The impact of low pressure was felt in Dumka, Gumla, Dhanbad, Chatra and Lohardaga. Pakur, Hazaribagh, Seraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum also witnessed a good spell. But, capital Ranchi had to taste disappointment with just 1mm, though the skies remained overcast throughout the day.
An activated monsoon helped Gumla and Lohardaga ditch the deficit list. While the former recorded a surplus of 11 per cent, the latter tiptoed on the gainer list with two per cent.
Chatra remained on the top of the deficit list with 61 per cent. The other rain losers include Seraikela-Kharsawan (59), Koderma (56), Hazaribagh (53), Dumka (52), Giridih (48), Khunti (41), Dhanbad (37), Ranchi (27), Bokaro (21) and East Singhbhum (10).