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After four decades, Srinagar witnesses huge rain deficit in July this year

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For the first time in past four decades, Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir has recorded lowest ever rainfall in the month of July while as the Union Territory in general this year has received deficit rainfall from June 01 to July 31.

The data revealed that Srinagar district received just 7.0 mm rainfall in the month of July, which is lowest ever in the past four decades, KNO reported.

Earlier, in the year 1997, the district recorded lowest rainfall of 7.6mm followed by 12.1 mm in the year 2012, the Director Meteorological department, Sonum Lotus while sharing the details informed.

As per the data, Jammu and Kashmir has also received deficit rainfall during the period of last 61 days from June 01 to ending July.

According to the data, in July 2015, the highest rainfall was recorded compared to the last ten years as Srinagar district received a total of 139.3 mm rainfall.

On July 8, Srinagar received 0.2 mm rainfall while on July 12, the district received 0.1 mm rainfall, the data revealed, adding that 3.0 mm rainfall was recorded on July 21 while on July 22, it received only 0.2 mm rainfall. “A total of 7 mm rainfall was recorded in the month of July this year,” the data added.

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In June this year, Srinagar received 47.0 mm rainfall this year while Jammu, the winter capital of the Union Territory recorded 95.0 mm rainfall in the particular month.

However, in June 2019, Srinagar received 97.3 mm rainfall while in Jammu, 10.8 mm rainfall was recorded.

Similarly in July this year, Srinagar received 7.0 mm rainfall this year while Jammu.

This year, the hottest day of season in Srinagar was recorded on July 4 when the temperature settled at 34.0 degree Celsius.

Director MeT said that the Jammu and Kashmir Union territory has received deficit rainfall in the month of June and July compared to last year.

Asked about the outcome of deficit rainfall, Lotus said, “Although I am not expert, such a situation can leave the farmers and others in distress. The people associated with agriculture and horticulture would face shortage of water as the streams and other Nallahs would run dry due to the less rainfall,” he added.

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