September 19, 2015 3:22:13 am
WITH a deep depression over Vidarbha and neighbourhood region, Gujarat witnessed rainfall Friday. Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Surat, Navsari, Valsad and Dangs districts received heavy rainfall towards evening. Life was hit in Surat following heavy rain.
The state will witness rainfall during the next five days.
Due to downpour in the upper catchment areas of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, the Ukai dam in Surat received 2.6 lakh cusecs of water on Friday. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heavy to very heavy rainfall warning in Saurashtra with isolated extremely heavy shower over south Gujarat till Monday.
“The rainfall activity will increase on Saturday and Sunday. Due to the depression over Vidarbha region, the entire state will receive very heavy rainfall on these two days,” cautioned regional IMD director Jayanta Sarkar.
The state reeling under an average rainfall deficit of over 20 per cent this monsoon is expected to have a sigh of relief with this spell of rainfall. However, with the IMD warning, scare of flood like situation is also hovering over the state as was the precedence in previous two instances of similar depression developments in July affecting Saurashtra and north Gujarat.
The depression would also bring along strong winds over the state. Though no fishermen warning has been issued by the IMD, state ports and the coast would be put on an alert on Saturday.
Within two hours in the evening, from 4 till 6, Ahmedabad received an average rainfall of 2.45 milimetre with the highest of 3.5 mm in the South zone. The total seasonal rainfall in the city this monsoon has recorded 503.65 mme which is over 250 mm less than the normal rainfall.
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