Having lashed Surat and the southern parts of Saurashtra six days in advance,the south-west monsoon advanced further on Monday,covering more areas of Saurashtra,South and Central Gujarat. The Meteorological Department predicted favourable conditions for further advancement of monsoon into the entire state during the next three-four days. Heavy rains with thundershowers were predicted in all districts of south,Saurashtra,Daman and Diu and a few places in north Gujarat. The remaining areas of north and central parts will receive light-to-moderate rainfall.
The arrival of monsoon was predicted on June 15,but it arrived on June 9,hitting Surat and the southern parts of Saurashtra. Good rainfall is predicted in the South and Saurashtra regions of the state in the next 36-48 hours, Jayanta Sarkar,regional director at Ahmedabads centre of the Indian Meteorological Department,said.
Meanwhile,heavy rainfall in Surat and Rajkot during the last 48 hours threw life out of gear. The residents had to struggle to commute and carry out their daily chores. The students of government schools were caught in heavy rains on their first day to school. However,no casualties were reported apart from stray incidents of trees getting uprooted. There was heavy downpour in south Gujarat with Surat recording the maximum rainfall. The city recorded 166 mm rainfall in a single day.
Trees were uprooted at about 25 places in different areas of the city,leading to traffic chaos. The rainwater entered the basements of shopping complexes and several low-lying residential areas. Bringing cheers to farmers,rains continued in most parts of Saurashtra,including Rajkot,while Kutch waited for the first showers on Monday. After experiencing scattered showers on Sunday evening,the people of Saurashtra woke up to overcast skies on Monday morning. Rains were reported from Rajkot,Bhavnagar,Junagadh,Amreli,Jamnagar and Porbandar districts. However,dry spell continued in Surendranagar and Kutch districts.
In the last 24 hours,Jasdan and Gondal talukas of Rajkot recorded 50 mm and 75 mm rains respectively. Scattered showers were reported in Amreli district,with Liliya receiving highest rainfall at 10 mm. In neighbouring Bhavnagar,Talaja taluka recorded 31 mm rain while there were showers in Gadhada,Vallabhipur. Bhavnagar city experienced light showers. In Junagadh,the city and surrounding villages received 25 mm rains. There were scattered drizzles in coastal Porbandar and Jamnagar districts. The Meteorological Department officials predicted heavy rains with high- speed winds and lightning in the next 48 hours in South and Saurashtra regions. Fishermen of South Gujarat have been warned not to venture into the sea for fishing.