M. Malleswara Rao

Met Department attributes the lull in monsoon to lack of depression in the Bay of Bengal

HYDERABAD: The early arrival of the monsoon notwithstanding, the State has suffered a huge deficit rainfall of 41 per cent so far and is presently reeling under a prolonged dry spell.

For the 20-day period from June 1, the State received only 54.6 mm rainfall as against the normal of 91.8 mm by this time of the season.

Regionwise, Rayalaseema accounted for highest deficit at 52 per cent by recording only 30.8 mm till June 20 (normal 64.6) while Telangana followed closely with 48 per cent deficit with the rainfall received by it being only 55.1 mm (normal 105.1 mm). Coastal Andhra fared better by recording 67 mm of rain (normal 88.9 mm)—a deficit of only 25 per cent.

Among the districts, Srikakulam, Nellore, Praksaam Chittoor, Kadapa, Mahabubnagar, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Hyderabad and Nizamabad are the worst-affected as their deficit ranged from 60 to 99 per cent. On the other hand, the deficit suffered by Vizianagaram, Guntur, Kurnool, Adilabad, Karimnagar and Nalgonda was up to 59 per cent.

The government is now worried that sowings have taken place in only 5.66 lakh hectares out of the normal kharif area of 79.02 lakh ha.

Also, major reservoirs like Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar , have not received any significant inflows.

All other projects too, especially those like the Sriramsagar on the Godavari river, have received no inflows.

Water was, however, released into the canals of the Krishna and Godavari deltas from the existing storages.

The State Meteorological Office (SMO) here attributed the lull in the monsoon in Andhra Pradesh, in contrast to its “active” presence in Orissa and West Bengal to lack of depressions in the Bay of Bengal. Development of any low pressure area or depression in the sea would have precipitated the cumulonimbus clouds, and rendered the monsoon active.

Nonetheless, they are optimistic as the long range forecast issued by the Meteorological Department is that rainfall would be normal in the State during South-West monsoon period this year too.