PANAJI: With monsoon current being weekend over Goa coast, the State is heading for massive rainfall deficit in the very first month of the season. As on date, the rainfall deficit has mounted to 70 per cent.
As against normal rainfall of 572.7 mm, Goa has received only 174.9 mm rainfall from June 1 till date.
The southwest monsoon had arrived in Goa on June 10, almost five days after its normal date of onset-June 5.
IMD has informed that rainfall is very likely to be large deficient in the week ending June 22. However, the monsoon will pick up in the next week from June 23 onwards.
According to IMD forecast next two days will also go by and large dry in the State. However, IMD has issued heavy rainfall warning at isolated places in Goa on June 23 & 24.
He said apart from the initial hiccups, the State will receive a good amount of rainfall this year.
“We don’t have to worry too much. There won’t be any rainfall deficit in Goa. The State receives good rainfall in July and August which is the peak season for monsoon. Goa receives maximum rains in July,” he said.
He said in 2019 there were around five cyclones in the Arabian Sea and yet the State received heavy rainfall in that year.
The meteorologist, however, cautioned that Goa will have to develop a mechanism to conserve water and recharge its ground water.
“Most of the rainfall we receive in Goa flows into the Arabian Sea. We have to find a way to conserve water by constructing reservoirs, ponds, wells etc,” Dr Kumar opined.