Heavy rainfall to lash Gujarat till this weekend

(Express Photo/Ganesh Shirsekar) Flight operations in Mumbai largely remained affected for the second day on Wednesday, even though rains. The well-marked low pressure area over northern parts of Saurashtra and adjoining Gujarat lay over Kutch on Wednesday.

According to Skymet Weather, the axis of monsoon trough is passing through the centre of the low-pressure area across Indore, Seoni, Raipur, Gopalpur and further towards west central Bay of Bengal.

The southwest monsoon was vigorous over Saurashtra, Kutch, Konkan, Goa and Madhya Maharashtra in the last few days and active over Rajasthan, Gujarat and Vidarbha. The civic chief blamed extreme weather conditions for waterlogging on roads and railway tracks, saying the municipal machinery worked fine in the hour of crisis.The Santacruz observatory of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) registered 331.4 mm rainfall on Tuesday, the heaviest since the July 26, 2005 record of 944 mm, which had caused the worst havoc in decades in the city.

This morning’s satellite picture shows clouds gathering over Nagpur, Yavatmal, Amravati, Achalpur, Burhanpur, Jalgaon, Jalna, Aurangabad, Nandurbar, Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Bharuch, Vallabhpur, Barwala and Limdi, across Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Meanwhile, IMD has predicted more rainfall during the next two days which is expected to improved overall rainfall situations in the current monsoon season.

The IMD said Surat received 108 mm rainfall, while Valsad received 69 mm rainfall last night. Out of the 36 sub-divisions in the country, six have received “excess” rainfall while 23 got “normal” rains so far while seven have received “deficient” rains.

Despite the rain surge in August, the month is likely to end with 10% or more countrywide deficit because of a dry spell in the first three weeks. Morbi has received 186 percent of rainfall, Banaskantha 184 percent, and Patan 159 percent.

With Wednesday’s heavy rainfall reported in a majority of Saurashtra areas, the cumulative rainfall is expected to increase further. According to the BMC Disaster Control, a two-year-old girl, Kalyani Gopal Jangam, was crushed under a wall which crashed during heavy rains in Jankalyan Nagar in Vikhroli East.

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