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Odisha to have normal rainfall despite El Nino effect

Bhubaneswar,August 4: Meteorological departments have predicted less rainfall with possibility of drought situation in Odisha this year due to El Nino effect, the Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar has claimed that despite adverse impact of El Nino, the state will have normal rainfall.

"Like the El Nino, the movement of Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) also impacts the monsoon in India including Odisha and Kerala. Since IOD is now in a neutral state, there is more possibility of normal rainfall in Odisha," said Dr. Sarat Chandra Sahu, director of Regional Meteorological Centre.

He said despite the effect of El Nino on the monsoon in Odisha in previous years, the state had received normal and heavy rainfall.

He also said as per the weather forecast, there will be normal rainfall in August and September.

Adding to this, Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is the difference in sea surface temperature between western pole in the Arabian Sea (western Indian Ocean) and eastern pole in the eastern Indian Ocean south of Indonesia which affects the climate of Australia and other countries that surround the Indian Ocean Basin, and is a significant contributor to rainfall variability in this region.

"Though there is no immediate possibility of formation of low pressure, it may be formed off the Odisha coast," he informed.

As per the weather statistics, as against the normal rainfall of 561.7 mm in Odisha between June 1 and August 1, the state has received five percent less rainfall (535.5 mm).

In terms of less rainfall, Khordha district has received 36% rainfall followed by Nayagarh and Kandhamal -35%, Bhadrak 32%, Koraput 30%, Puri -29% and Kalahandi -24% rainfall while the remaining 23 districts have received normal rainfall.

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