With an average 480 mm rainfall across Gujarat till Wednesday,the state has already received 62 per cent rainfall this monsoon. The Ahmedabad Centre of Meteorological Department termed it as excess rainfall and further warned against very heavy rainfall in Saurashtra,North and South region in the coming two days.
The active monsoon over the state has resulted in 480 mm of average rainfall from June 1 till today. This is 32 per cent above normal in the Gujarat region (except Kutch) and particularly 24 per cent in Saurashtra. The monsoon will last till the weekend, said Jayanta Sarkar,regional Director of the Ahmedabad Met Department.
Also,owing to heavy rainfall reported in South and Saurashtra region,the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was put on alert. NDRF Deputy Commandant Gambhir Singh said,We have put our teams on alert. Two teams of a total of 80 personnel are ready to be sent to South Gujarat and any part of the state where emergency operations are required. The fire and emergency services said no incidents of lightning were reported on Wednesday.
The rainfall recorded on Wednesday was attributed to the off-shore trough on sea level extending from Gujarat coast to Kerala coast and the upper air cyclonic circulation over Saurashtra,Kutch and adjoining North East Arabian sea areas extending up to mid tropospheric level.
Mehsana recorded a maximum percentage excess (departure from normal rainfall) of 74 per cent followed by Valsad that has received 67 per cent excess rainfall. Of all the districts,it is only Dangs that has recorded a deficient rainfall of 23 per cent from normal.
With Ahmedabad receiving an average of 50 mm rainfall in merely two hours from 9 am on Wednesday morning,most of the city roads and underpasses remained water-logged almost throughout the day. Residents hit the panic button after the day began with heavy lightning and thundering engulfing the city under dark clouds. Anticipating heavy rainfall,the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) sprang into action by deputing additional staff at the control room and putting a team on alert.
Till Wednesday,the city had received an average of 478 mm rainfall. All the zones received above 35 mm rainfall. The East zone received a maximum of 60 mm rainfall and the New West zone received minimum of 18 mm on Wednesday. As per AMC control room records,the water-logged underpasses,leading to diversions and traffic jams across the city,included Akhbarnagar,Stadium,Usmanpura,Maninagar,Nirnaynagar,Parimal Garden and Kubernagar. To remove waterlogging,the AMC deployed 147 water pumps across the city.