THE South Gujarat region recorded the highest rainfall of 50 milimetre (mm) from Saturday to Sunday evening, while the state witnessed an average rainfall of 26.49 mm . With a record rainfall of 258 mm or more than 10 inch, Surat saw highest rainfall in the state.
However, the region is still rain deficit compared to the average rainfall numbers. Following South Gujarat, as per the state emergency operation centre of the revenue department, Saurashtra too witnessed heavy rainfall of 47 mm till Sunday evening.While South Gujarat region has received only 63.96 per cent rainfall this monsoon, recording a deficit of 36 per cent against an average of 1,356 mm it has received only 867 mm. Similarly, Saurashtra region too has not received normal rainfall this year. Though a little better than South Gujarat (it has received 81.57 per cent), it is still short of 18 per cent of average rainfall of 643 mm.
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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has attributed this rainfall since Friday over the entire state to the deep depression over Vidarbha region that has resulted in a low pressure area over Saurashtra and neighbouring areas. This, along with upper air cyclonic circulation, has resulted in heavy rainfall over Saurashtra and South Gujarat.
The Ahmedabad centre of IMD has issued a warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall for the entire state for Monday and Tuesday. Rainfall of varying intensity has been forecast in the state for the next five days.
The revenue department data revealed that Surat witnessed the highest rainfall in the state. Among districts in South Gujarat, Surat received the highest rainfall of 107 mm, also recording the highest average rainfall of 68.95 per cent in the region. Navsari and Valsad recorded 69 mm and 40 mm rainfall, respectively. Narmada had the lowest with 9 mm rainfall.
In the Saurashtra region, Junagadh recorded the highest rainfall of 92 mm followed by Amreli with 69 mm. This further adds to the excess rainfall received in Amreli this monsoon. Already, with 736 mm rainfall, a 121 per cent increase against an average rainfall of 608 mm, Amreli is among the few districts in the state and the only one in the Saurashtra region that has recorded excess rainfall this year.
Bhavnagar and Rajkot also received good rainfall of 54 mm and 48 mm respectively while Surendranagar received the least of 14 mm. In the central region, Ahmedabad received the highest rainfall of 15 mm during the same period. This was followed by Vadodara and Anand with 8 and 6 mm rainfall, respectively.
Patan district in the North, received the highest rainfall of 13 mm. In the entire state, with three districts recording excess rainfall, this region has recorded the highest rainfall, this monsoon. Patan, Banaskantha and Sabarkantha have so far recorded 118 per cent, 159 per cent and 107 per cent rainfall, respectively.