DAINIK NATION BUREAU
The State of Uttarakhand received 51.1 mm rainfall in the winter which is considerably less that the normal of 97 mm. The state has experienced a minimum of 47 per cent deficient rains as compared to normal. The 51.1 mm rainfall was received between January 1 and February 22 this year. All the 13 districts of the state have received below the normal level of rainfall during the current winter season starting from January 1.
According to the state meteorological centre director Bikram Singh, the winter in the state spans over two months- January and February. Rain/snowfall during winter season is highly dependent on western climatic disturbances. Following weak western disturbances, rainfall was not reported upto the mark in the state. With lesser western disturbance resulting in lesser rain, the various crops and fruits cultivated in the winter season have been affected by the rain deficiency. Following scanty rainfall, people living in higher altitude mountainous parts of the state may face problems in securing adequate drinking water. Scanty rainfall might have adverse impact on agriculture and horticulture sectors. The Uttarakhand meteorological centre director further said that rainfall has been reported below the normal this winter season though there are chances of some rainfall being experienced during the month of March or April as a result of western disturbances which are known to be active in the region affecting Uttarakhand till the month of April.