Jamshedpur : The delay in monsoon showers in the district has raised the concerns of the Met department and farmers.
The worry is that the lacks of rainfall will not only makes the temperature harsh but also will affect the agricultural productivity of several vegetables that are grown in Patamda block.
According to the local Met office, with rain clouds playing hide and seek for over a fortnight, it would be difficult to predict when the monsoon rains will arrive. The officials said that though last year the area had witnessed heavy but this season it has been badly hit.
According to weather chart analysis, the southwest monsoon is not likely to reach the state before June 18.
A senior official of IMD, New Delhi said that conditions are likely to become favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon after three to four days.
The official said that the rains have been delayed in Jharkhand as the monsoon currents have become weak. In its afternoon bulletin IMD said today the southwest monsoon has further advanced into remaining parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh, northwest Bay of Bengal, some parts of south Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
Usually monsoon is supposed to arrive in the state between June 10 and 12. However, a recent low pressure area which formed over the Bay of Bengal and moved towards the northeastern direction had slowed down its movement towards Jharkhand.
Last year, the southwest monsoon had arrived on June 16 while in 2015, it was 11 days behind schedule. The year before, annual monsoon rains had hit the state from June 18.
Meanwhile people especially the farmers are the worst hit. Dhanai Manjhi, farmer is worried that even the half-acre on which he is planting paddy saplings may dry up because there are no rains yet. If there are no rains on time, there will be virtually no vegetables from the villages of Patamda this year.
“ There are no rains, no water in the ground water. The deep boring has dried up as the ground water has decreased. Only if it rains, the water level will grow and people like us can survive.
Moreover water level in rivers is causing much concern to the people,” said Mohammed Nizam, a resident of Jugsalai.