The rainfall deficit in the state was down to two per cent on Sunday, thanks to the incessant rains throughout the whole of last week. But the devil was in the details, as more than half the state is still suffering a rainfall deficit of varying proportions.

The sun broke out on Sunday evening and weather officials said the next couple of days will be dry. The state will experience another bout of rain from August 8, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

As of now, the state has received a total of 394 mm of rainfall against the normal of 400.5 mm, which is a deficit of two per cent. With the continuous downpour in the last week, the deficit percentage has gradually come down, according to the IMD.

Reports from across the state said farming operations had picked up. A report from Adilabad said timely rain had saved cotton farmers who were staring at a huge loss due to the prolonged dry at the beginning of the season.

The overall rainfall deficit figure does not tell the full story. Nineteen of the state’s 33 districts, or about 57 per cent, are in deficit. The rainfall shortage is of the order of 43 per cent in Nalgonda, 28 per cent in Khammam and 26 per cent in Vijayawada. At the other end was Kumaram Bheem with 46 per cent excess rainfall and Warangal Urban with 26 per cent surplus. Overall, Hyderabad is facing a 6 per cent deficit while Malkajgiri received 6 per cent surplus rain.

The rain, when it resumes after a two-break on August 8, will be moderate and limited to the northern districts including Adilabad, Nirmal, Komaram Bheem and Nizamabad.

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