Despite the first half of the monsoon season coming to an end, the rainfall seems to be less in Hyderabad. The data with Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Hyderabad reveals that since monsoon began in July last week, the city has received rainfall of 203.3 mm against the normal 275 mm, suggesting a shortfall of 26%.
Though the last week of July has seen considerable rainfall across the state due to active southwest monsoon, Hyderabad and its adjunct districts have received less than expected rainfall.
Between June and July, Malkajgiri district received 255.5mm against the normal of 301.9mm with a depletion of 15% while Rangareddy received 154.7mm against its normal of 241.4mm with a depletion of 36%.
Speaking to TNM, IMD Hyderabad Director YK Reddy said that though the monsoon has disappointed in the first half, rains are expected in Hyderabad and its adjacent pockets. “We are expecting a good rainfall over a week in Hyderabad and its surroundings, we are also expecting slightly above normal rainfall across Telangana which would cover the deficiency that certain areas are witnessing."
Warangal urban, parts of Adilabad, Asifabad, J Bhupalapally and Karimnagar districts have performed comparatively better by receiving slightly above normal rainfall in the state so far. Barring four out of 31 districts, the rest have seen deficient rainfall in the first half of the monsoon from June 1 to July 31.
On the other hand, Hyderabad continues to witness massive traffic jams on a regular basis even for small spells of rain. Rainwater stagnates on the road during peak hours with gutters overflowing.