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‘Excess rains to continue till Oct 14’

Gujarat has received 144 per cent rainfall. The rainfall is said to be in excess across all districts barring a few areas.

Gujarat government officials are worried about the unusual monsoon activity this year with the state having received 44 per cent more than its average rainfall as per the Met department’s records on Tuesday. As per last several years’ rainfall data available with the Meteorological department,it is one of the rarest monsoon activities at this time of the year that needs to be analysed.

“Definitely rainfall activity in October is something very rare. This has not happened in the last five years as per my knowledge. The reason for such a phenomenon needs to be studied and analysed,” said Jayanta Sarkar,regional director of Ahmedabad centre of Meteorological department.

Till date,Gujarat has received 144 per cent rainfall. The rainfall is said to be in excess across all districts barring a few areas.

While there was hardly any rainfall activity in October during previous years,this year during the week ending October 7,Saurashtra and Kutch received 16.9 mm rainfall as against 5.9 mm normal rainfall (187 per cent excess from normal). The remaining parts of the state received 21.1 mm rainfall during this week as against 8.8 mm normal rainfall (140 per cent excess).

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Coming as no good news for residents as well as sponsors and organisers of garba events across the state,the department has predicted Gujarat region will witness heavy rainfall at some places till Thursday. In addition to this,cloudy weather with rainfall activity is expected to persist till October 14.

“The weather will get clear only after October 14. The department has also issued a warning against heavy rainfall at few places in the next 48 hours; because of an east-west trough that runs across Gujarat region; the state will witness rainfall,particularly in east-central Gujarat,” warned Sarkar. The department has issued a fishermen warning for north and south Gujarat coast till Wednesday.

As per the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s central control room,the city received 32.19 mm rainfall in six hours (10 am to 4 pm),the maximum of 42.83 mm in the west zone. All other areas witnessed good rainfall on Tuesday.