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Vadodara district clocks highest rainfall deficit so far, says report

According to the rainfall report by the Gandhinagar-based State Emergency Operation Centre, the state has so far received 514 mm rainfall which is almost 65 percent of the state’s annual average.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
August 28, 2016 2:40:30 am

This monsoon, Vadodara tops the list of districts in Gujarat having the largest rainfall deficit. Though Gujarat’s overall deficit is around 35% this year, Vadodara has so far clocked only 38 percent of the season’s average rainfall and is one of the eight districts that is yet to receive even half of the annual rainfall.

According to the rainfall report shared Saturday by the Gandhinagar-based State Emergency Operation Centre, the state has so far received 514 mm rainfall which is almost 65 percent of the state’s annual average. However, the fertile belt of especially the Central and South Gujarat region consisting of districts like Vadodara (37.8%), Bharuch (41.88%), Ahmedabad (43.64%), Narmada (43.73%), Anand (45.39) and Kheda (49.48%) These are the districts where farmers have largely sown paddy, cotton and Tur dal — as part of the kharif crop.

Surendranagar with 44.3 percent average rainfall is the only district in Saurashtra region to have clocked less than 50 percent of the annual rainfall. Similarly, Mehsana with 49.63 percent falls among the eight districts to have clocked less than 50 percent rainfall this season.

While Vadodara has recorded only 340 mm of the 898 mm rains it receives every year, within the district, the talukas of Padra (22.18%), Karjan (25.54%) and Sinor (32.23%) have recorded only few showers.

Meanwhile, there are some districts like Aravalli (95.86%) in north Gujarat, Jamnagar (90.16%) in Saurashtra and Valsad (92.31%) in south Gujarat to have clocked over 90% of the average rainfall. Only 11 talukas have clocked crossed the 100 percent mark. On Saturday, the meteorological centre in Ahmedabad predicted light to moderate rainfall for most parts of the state.

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