GUWAHATI, July 21 - As per the latest figures available with the Borjhar-based Regional Meteorology Centre (RMC) here, five of the seven NE States have recorded deficit rainfall during the monsoon this year. These States are Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya.
Though the rainfall recorded by Mizoram and Tripura are supposed to be normal as per the meteorological norms, these two States also recorded 18 per cent and 14 per cent less rainfall respectively. Mizoram recorded an actual amount of 604.1 mm of rainfall against the normal amount of 740.5 mm, while Tripura recorded an actual rainfall amount of 642.1 mm against the normal amount of 747.6mm.
With 511.8 mm of rainfall so far, Assam recorded a 32 per cent deficit rainfall against the normal of 749.1 mm for the period. Manipur recorded the highest deficit of 71 per cent (actual 198.9 mm, normal 681.5 mm) during the monsoon this year.
Likewise, Nagaland recorded a deficit of 48 per cent (actual 330.1 mm, normal 636.6 mm), Meghalaya recorded a deficit of 47 per cent (actual 757.5 mm, normal 1425.8 mm) and Arunachal Pradesh recorded a deficit of 43 per cent (actual 495.8 mm, normal 876.5 mm) during the monsoon period this year.
Though sufficient data are not available with the RMC to provide a detailed picture of the rainless condition at the district level, its sources told this newspaper that based on the available data, the deficit rainfall amounts in the districts of the State have been worked provisionally.
The percentage worked out are: Darrang 98 per cent, Dhemaji 88 per cent, Baksa 56 per cent, Kamrup (Metro) 50 per cent, Kamrup 49 per cent, Dhubri 47 per cent, Goalpara 40 per cent, Sonitpur 39 per cent, Hailakandi 33 per cent, Tinsukia 33 per cent, Nalbari 32 per cent, Bongaigaon 28 per cent, Nagaon 25 per cent and Cachar 22 per cent, said the RMC sources.
Meanwhile, sources in the Health Department here told this newspaper that there is no report with the Health Directorate here of any heat stroke-related death in the State. However, the districts have been asked to send information on such deaths, if any, to the Directorate at the earliest, said the sources.