GUWAHATI, June 7 - Among the seven North Eastern States, only Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura recorded normal rainfall during the pre-monsoon season this year. The four other States � Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland � recorded deficit rainfall during the same period.
The percentage of rainfall in Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura stood at plus two per cent, plus nine per cent and minus 18 per cent respectively. In meteorological parlance, rainfall activities up to plus/minus 19 per cent are treated as normal. Sources at the Regional Meteorology Centre (RMC) here told this newspaper that during the pre-monsoon period this year � March 1 to May 31 � Arunachal Pradesh recorded minus 32 per cent of rainfall, while Manipur recorded minus 61 per cent. Mizoram recorded minus 66 per cent of rainfall and Nagaland recorded minus 27 per cent.
According to the RMC figures, Bongaigaon district in Assam recorded minus 21 per cent rainfall during the period, while Cachar district recorded minus 37 per cent. Darrang district recorded minus 71 per cent of rainfall, Dhemaji district recorded minus 40 per cent, Karimganj district recorded minus 37 per cent, NC Hills (Dima Hasao) district recorded minus 31 per cent and Nagaon district recorded minus 20 per cent of rainfall.
Baksa district recorded plus 48 per cent of rainfall, Barpeta district recorded 41 per cent, Chirang district recorded minus 17 per cent, Dhubri district recorded plus six per cent, Dibrugarh district recorded plus nine per cent, Goalpara district recorded plus 30 per cent, Golaghat district recorded plus 20 per cent, Hailakandi district recorded minus 10 per cent, Jorhat district recorded minus one per cent, Kamrup district recorded plus 61 per cent, Kamrup (Metro) district recorded plus 16 per cent, Karbi Anglong district recorded plus 15 per cent, Kokrajhar district recorded plus 27 per cent, Lakhimpur district recorded plus five per cent and Morigaon district recorded minus one per cent of rainfall during the season, according to figures stated by the RMC.