The widespread pre-monsoon showers and hailstorms in the last five days are likely to ease drinking water crisis in parts of scarcity-hit Amreli and Rajkot districts. The hailstorms,however, has caused damage to mango farms in Dhari taluka of Amreli. Meanwhile,scattered showers were also reported on Monday.
The spell of showers started last Tuesday with unseasonal rains lashing Gondal and surrounding villages. According to the data provided by Rajkot district flood control room,Biliyala village received 87 mm rain,flooding the Chhaprveni river and filling up many check dams on it. Ghariya and Bhunava,the nearby villages,recorded around 40-mm rain. Officials say the overflowing check dams will also solve the drinking water shortage in surrounding villages.
However,the biggest beneficiary of these early showers has been Amreli. According to the data available with Amreli district flood control room,Dhari taluka bordering Gir forests has received 65-mm rain in the last five days,bringing cheer to thousands of villagers facing the drinking water crisis.
Liliya taluka recorded 26-mm rain,followed by Amreli and Babra talukas with 18-mm rain each. Savarkundla recorded 14-mm rain while Lathi registered 17 mm. These taluaks are facing the worst-ever drinking water and fodder crisis in a decade,following poor monsoon last year.