Bhubaneswar: The Southwest Monsoon, which had set in Odisha on June 12, has withdrawn from the whole State on Tuesday, informed India Meteorological Department (IMD).
In a statement, the IMD said that the forecast for the seasonal (June-September) rainfall over the country as a whole issued in June was 98% of Long Period Average (LPA) with a model error of ± 4% of LPA. Considering the four broad geographical regions of India, this forecast for the central India, which includes Odisha, was 100%, with model errors of ± 8%.
The forecast for the second half of the monsoon season (August –September) for the country as a whole was 100% with a model error of ±8% of LPA.
Against the above forecast, Odisha has received an average rainfall of 1117.7 mm during the period from June till 17th of October against the LPA of 1207.2 mm registering a shortfall of 7.4% of LPA, it said.
The rainfall of Gajapati district during this period remained 28.2% higher than the LPA whereas 21 districts received rainfall between +19% and -19% which is considered as normal rainfall, the statement said.
Eight districts namely, Angul, Bargarh, Bhadrak, Bolangir, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Jajpur had rainfall deficit of more than 19% of LPA.

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