‘Average rainfall in Rajasthan 9% less than last year’

JAIPUR: Even as monsoon is on the verge of completing its fourth spell, 11 districts in the state have got deficit rainfall. These districts and their farmers might face drought-like situation if the rains continue to evade these areas. The average rainfall of the state is almost 9% less compared to that received till August 18, 2017. Except for east Rajasthan, rest of the state has got either normal or deficit rainfall.

According to the data available with the hydrology department, the state had got an average rainfall of 371.28 mm till August 18 in 2017 while this year till the same period the state got an average rainfall of 334.97 mm. “It is 9% less compared to last year. Now the only hope is the final spell of monsoon,” said an officer.

On the whole, Rajasthan received normal rainfall.

So far, three districts are in the category of excess rainfall including Bharatpur, Bikaner and Sikar.

“Nineteen districts including , Banswara, Baran, Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dholpur, , Ganganagar, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar, , Karauli, Kota, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand, Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur are in the category of normal rainfall,” said an officer.

In Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Churu and Sriganganagar districts, farmers are finding it difficult to arrange drinking water for their cattle. Farmers eying to sow kharif crops including rice (paddy and deepwater), millet, maize (corn), , turmeric, groundnut, cotton and sugarcane are waiting for good rainfall.

Eleven districts including Ajmer, Barmer, Bundi, Dausa, Hanumangarh, Jalore, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Pali, and Tonk have got deficit rainfall.

“These districts need good two to three days of rainfall and continued drizzles to avoid chances of drought,” said an officer with the irrigation department.

Due to weak monsoon, water level in many dams on which people rely for their drinking water and irrigation needs is dipping. Bisalpur Dam is only 21.56% full which is a big cause of concern for Tonk, Jaipur and Ajmer that get drinking water from here. Against its full capacity of 1,095.840 cusec metres, the dam has a water level of 236.240 cusec metres.
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