289.1 mm rainfall recorded this month, 309.3 mm rainfall recorded in 2005
In past 15 years rainfall in July was always below normal
Shimla | TNR
In the last 15 years rainfall in July was always below normal but this year a record has been made with 289.1 mm rainfall having been recorded in the state so far.
In 2005 total rainfall recorded was 309.3 mm.
Kullu receives maximum rain
Among the 12 districts in the state, Kullu recorded the highest rainfall in July. Rainfall in Kullu this month was 90% more than normal.
According to weather department here, normal rainfall in Kullu is 172.7 mm whereas this month it is already 327.6 mm.
Status in other districts
Rainfall in Hamirpur and Kangra districts was also more than normal. Kangra district bore the brunt of monsoon fury.
Normal rainfall has been recorded in Bilaspur, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmour and Una districts. In Lahaul Spiti and Chamba districts, the rainfall has been less than normal.
Less than normal rainfall in past 15 years
Weather department records show that in the past 15 years there has been less than normal rainfall. In 2006 it was 24% less, in 2007 it was 46% less, in 2008 it was 37% less, in 2009 it was 40% less, in 2010 it was 10% less, in 2011 it was 45% less, in 2012 it was 31% less, in 2013 it was 29% less, in 2014 it was 31% less, in 2015 it was 21% less, in 2016 it was 38% less, in 2017 it was 30% less, in 2018 it was 22% less, in 2019 it was 22% less and in 2020 it was 27% less than the normal rainfall.
This year’s rainfall recorded is already 6% higher than normal.
No relief in sight
Rainfall continues in the state for a long period. For some years it has continued till September 15 and so far there appears to be no respite in sight and more trouble lies ahead.
Rs 632 crore property damaged
So far both government and private property worth Rs 632 crore has been damaged. In all 640 houses and 451 cattle sheds have been damaged.
Twenty-one people have been reported killed in landslides, 9 in flood and 19 due to drowning. Authorities concerned said that 12 persons are reported missing so far.
In all 436 domestic animals have been killed so far.