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After 45 days, rain makes a comeback in Marathwada

After 45 days, rain makes a comeback in Marathwada

After 45 days of a prolonged dry spell, the farmers of the region have had a slight respite, with the monsoon rains returning in all the eight districts Marathwada region since the last 24 hours. According to Chikalthana weather officials here today,44.7 mm rainfall has been recorded till this morning in the city and its surrounding places. They further predicted that moderate rainfall is expected at all the places in next 48 hours due to low pressure having formed over the region.

However, given the long dry spell, the state government has decided to opt for a cloud seeding experiment and artificial rains with the help of a 'C-Band Doppler Radar' , which is being installed in Aurangabad by tomorrow. Its aircraft will be used for 200 hours for the purpose. Meantime, experiment with artificial rains began yesterday by using radars fitted in aircraft which sprayed chemicals at five places in the region. Officials claim that the artificial rain experiment was a success to some extent.

Addressing a press conference here last night, state Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said that, if the experiment with artificial rains is successful, then the state government will set up radar permanently at two places, including Aurangabad where rainfall is always deficit. Mr Khadse further said the state government has decided setting up automatic weather centres in 2065 divisions across the state, including 461 in Marathwada to get accurate weather information on rainfall, temperature and other parameters. 

The Process for this will be started very soon, he added. Mr Khadse also announced Rs 10 crores for fodder, which Is in shortage due to the scant rainfall in Latur, Osmanabad and Beed district in the region. During the last 24 hours, 21 mm average rainfall has been recorded in the region, while the highest rainfall of 48 mm was recorded in Hingoli district followed by Jalna 42 mm, Aurangabad 32mm, Parbhani 17 mm, Nanded 13 mm, Bead 10 mm, Osmanabad 2.72 mm and Latur 2.25 mm. With this, the region so far has received 169 mm average rainfall this season, which is 45 per cent of expected rainfall and 21.8 per cent of annual rainfall, according to official statistics.

Source : UNI


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