Rain after 20-day dry spell brings relief for farmers

Ahmedabad and Vadodara also received intermittent rain since morning.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Updated: July 22, 2015 4:13 am
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After nearly 20 days, south Gujarat and Saurashtra regions witnessed moderate to heavy rainfall on Tuesday, giving a new lease of life to otherwise withering cash crops of groundnut and cotton.

In south Gujarat, Dharampur in Valsad received 177.8 mm rainfall, while Kaprada, Umargam and Saputara (Dangs district) received 171 mm, 127 mm and 101.6 mm rain, respectively. Other parts of Valsad, such as Vapi, the town and Pardi, received moderate rainfall.

Heavy shower in Surat (127 mm) hit normal life as waterlogging on several city streets threw traffic out of gear. Tapi and Navsari districts have also received heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours with weathermen forecasting similar weather for Wednesday.

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Ahmedabad and Vadodara also received intermittent rain since morning.

Rain on Tuesday came as a boon for farmers in south Gujarat and Saurashtra regions, where crops had started to dry for the want of water. The state had not received any significant rainfall since June 24.

In Saurashtra, while Jamkandorana taluka in Rajkot received 40 mm rainfall — the highest in the region, Amreli, Gir Somnath, Junagarh and Bhavnagar districts received moderate showers.

PTI adds: Due to heavy rainfall in neighbouring Maharashtra and breaches between Palghar and Boisar there, five Gujarat-bound express trains from Mumbai were cancelled.

The cancelled trains are Ahmedabad Express, Bandra-Surat Inter-city Express, Mumbai Central-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express, Mumbai Central-Porbundar Express and Bandra Terminus-Vapi passenger train.

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