JAIPUR: Even after the completion of four spells of monsoon, 10 districts have witnessed deficit rainfall. What is a worrisome factor for in the state is that the average of the state in this season till Sunday was 5 per cent lesser compared to 2017. The state so far has got an average rainfall of 396.36 mm compared to 419.67 mm received till August 26, 2017.
Presently monsoon is weak in the state and it is expected to revive in the next couple of days. The data on the quantum of rainfall clearly indicated that 4 districts have received excess rainfall, 19 are in the category of normal rainfall while 10 districts have got a deficit rainfall.

“Despite the completion of four spells of monsoon so far the districts including Ajmer, Barmer, Bundi, Hanumangarh, Jalore, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Pali, Sirohi and Tonk have received deficit rainfall. Ajmer and Tonk especially are important for Bisalpur Dam that caters to the drinking water and irrigation needs of these districts along with Jaipur,” said an officer with the water resources department.

All eyes are now on the fifth spell which might bring some relief for the farmers eyeing the sowing of Kharif crop. “The districts that have deficit rainfall are witnessing drought-like situation and fifth spell is going to be important for them,” said an officer. Rainfall was absent on Sunday except at a few places in the eastern . Bharatpur received a rainfall of 40 mm and was followed by Kumher (Bharatpur) where a rainfall of 20 mm was received.

In the absence of rainfall, Sriganganagar remained hottest where a maximum temperature of 38 degrees Celsius was recorded. Jaipur witnessed cloudy conditions; however no rainfall took place till the evening. A maximum temperature of 32.8 degree Celsius was recorded in the city.

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