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Despite rainy April, Kashmir rainfall deficient: data

Even as Kashmir received frequent rainfall for the past one month, the region has recorded deficient rainfall in the ongoing month, April.

However, the official data reveals that Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, has received 51 per cent rainfall above normal from April 01-April 14.

According to the data, Jammu and Kashmir have recorded 36 per cent deficit rainfall in the first 14 days of the ongoing month.

Notably, the weatherman has predicted more rains, saying that the erratic weather conditions would continue till April 28 during which light to moderate rains are expected at isolated places across Jammu and Kashmir.

The data reveals that Srinagar has received 218mm of rainfall from April 01-April 14 against an average of 144.1mm, thus recording 51 per cent above rainfall from the normal.

This is the highest seasonal rainfall, Srinagar has received since 2018 as according to the data in 2018, the summer capital had received 109.2mm rainfall while in 2019 and 2020, it has received 45.3mm and 63.6mm rainfall respectively.

The data added that seven districts including Anantnag, Bandipora, Doda, Rajouri, Ramban, Reasi and Shopian have recorded deficient rainfall of 24%, 25%, 55%, 42%, 39%, 52% and 54% respectively.

Besides Srinagar, Pulwama, Kupwara and Poonch districts have recorded excess rainfall. The districts have recorded 12%, 17% and 10% rainfall respectively above normal.

Ganderbal in central Kashmir as per the data has recorded 102 per cent rainfall above normal with figures saying that it has received 318.2 mm rainfall against an average 157.7 mm rainfall. Baramulla in north Kashmir has also received 21 per cent rainfall above normal.

The data added that five districts of the Union Territory including Jammu, Kathua, Kishtwar, Samba and Udhampur have recorded large deficient rainfall from April 01-April 14.

Nonetheless, only two districts of J&K in the Kashmir division including Budgam and Kulgam have received normal rainfall, the data added.

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