September rain makes arid J&K rain-sufficient

SRINAGAR: The unprecedented flood-causing rain last month took Jammu and Kashmir from a situation of acute rainfall deficiency to a state of surplus rain.
The data provided by the Meteorological Centre here reveals that prior to the flood, the state was facing a seasonal deficit in rainfall of at least 35 percent. As per the data, 18 out of 22 Met Subdivisions in the state were deficient in the seasonal rainfall by the end of August; many districts had been, in fact, reeling under the distress rainfall situation between June and August.
However, the torrential rains in the first six days of September have more than corrected the seasonal error. Last month’s rain included, records show, the state has received 22 percent more than normal rain from June to September. Instead of the average normal 519.2mm rain, it received 633.4 mm, the records show.
In the first week of September, Shopian, Kulgam, and Anantnag districts in south Kashmir received 160 percent, 159 percent, and 122 percent, respectively, more rain than usual.
Till the end of August, both Shopian and Kulgam districts had below normal rains along with Pulwama. While Shopian had six percent less rain, Kulgam and Pulwama were 11 and percent 16 percent below normal, respectively.
The number of districts deficient in rainfall have been reduced to six with pockets of distress limited to Jammu and Ladakh regions—Kargil, Leh, Poonch, Udhampur, and Kathua. Despite rainfall in September, Kargil has remained rain deficient by 100 percent followed by Poonch that has had 84 percent less rains than normal. Udhampur has 34 percent less rains.